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Sue Hopkins   Looking At Camera (122 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video


Sue Hopkins Looking At Camera with Video



Sue Hopkins   Planting Bowl (117 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video


Sue Hopkins Planting Bowl with Video



Sean Hopkins   Loitering by Garage (102 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video


Sean Hopkins Loitering by Garage with Video



Sean Hopkins   Peering into car (109 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video


Sean Hopkins Peering into car with Video



Sean Hopkins   Peering into car (358 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video


Sean Hopkins Peering into car with Video



Sean Hopkins   Throwing Waste (154 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video


Sean Hopkins Throwing Waste with Video



Sean Hopkins   Waste Thrown In Garden (140 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video


Sean Hopkins Waste Thrown In Garden with Video



Sean Hopkins   Picking Up Waste ... (146 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video


Sean Hopkins Picking Up Waste ... with Video



Sean Hopkins   Moving Waste Further In (139 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video


Sean Hopkins Moving Waste Further In with Video



Sean Hopkins   Brandishing Knife (107 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video


Sean Hopkins Brandishing Knife with Video



Sean Hopkins   Slashing Tyre (110 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video


Sean Hopkins Slashing Tyre with Video



Sean Hopkins   Withdrawing Knife (167 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video


Sean Hopkins Withdrawing Knife with Video



Sean Hopkins   Being Arrested (80 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video


Sean Hopkins Being Arrested with Video



Dave Hopkins   Making Death Threats (153 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video


Dave Hopkins Making Death Threats with Video



Dave Hopkins   Being Arrested (126 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video


Dave Hopkins Being Arrested with Video







The above images and videos document a strange series of events. Sue Hopkins appears to be doing something strange on her neighbours drive. When subsequently asked what she was doing she said she was feeding a hedgehog. She also said she later realised that it was not a wise thing to do, to feed a hedgehog on a neighbours drive, especially where it might be easily run over. She also said it was wrong for her son to throw cans in their neighbours garden. She said she had a mind to send him round later to apologise. In fact, later, her husband, Dave Hopkins came round and made death threats against the neighbour. Her son, Sean Hopkins, threw things at their neighbour's house and slashed one of his tyres. The next evening Dave and Sean Hopkins were arrested. Sean Hopkins, the son, received a sanction by the police in the form of a conditional caution . To avoid being taken to court, he wrote a letter of apology to his neighbour and, eventually, paid for a replacement tyre. Do you think this 'sentence' was too lenient or too severe? If you had been on the receiving end of this, what would you expect the Law to do to the neighbours? Please, email the website if you have any comments.



Transcripts
These have been taken from AV recordings supplied to the police as evidence of the incident.

First, the visit to the neighbours' in the afternoon asking Sue what she was doing putting a bowl at the top of her neighbour's drive.


John: Hello Sue, I have a CCTV picture of you doing something. Can you tell me what you are doing there, please? { Shows video clip on a PDA. }

Sue: What I was doing? In your car port, John. I believe it was rats actually. Yes, I think it was rats.

John: I donít think so. Youíre putting something at the top of the drive.

Sue: Up yoursí? Bin bags? No?

John: No, you were putting a saucer up the top of the drive.

Sue: Oh no, Iíll be honest with ya. Iíll tell ya, it was a little hedgehog.

John: A hedgehog?

Sue: Yes.

John: But itís going to get run over.

Sue: I wasnít put it down the bottom. Ďere, down by mine.

John: You put it on my side. Itís going to get run over when I come up the drive.

Sue: Oh, I didnít think. Yes. I love wildlife. ... feeding a little hedgehog what was hanging about here. I was feeding him. Yeah? Yes. Most probably a little thing that was. Yeah and I did go round there last night, night before because there ... I could hear things rustling in your car port and I donít think it was a cat ... I think it was rats. In fact Sean he was washing his car about a month ago and under your kitchen window Ė he was washing his car one Sunday afternoon and heís seen two or three rats under your window as well.

John: I have a video of him throwing rubbish on my garden ...

Sue: I know, I know. Iíve told him off about that. Itís Coke cans init?

John: Yes.

Sue: Yes. Iíve told him off about that and Ďis dad Ďas, John. Cos, I if you look on your CC again you may see that I have been out there on your drive getting them off.

John: Iíve not seen that.

Sue: No, I Ďave. If you check back, Iíve been over there. He threw one in your hedge and I told him off.

John: Heís thrown a lot in there.

Sue: Sorry?

John: Heís thrown a lot in there.

Sue: Is he? Well Iíll have words with Ďim tonight. I donít agree with that, John.

John: Well, when he was throwing something in the garden, you were right by him. You didnít do anything then.

Sue: I did, I might have been telling him off, John. To get it out the Ďedge. I did come in one time and tell Ďis dad. ďHeís throwing stuff over Johnís ĎedgeĒ. And his dad said ďhe better not beĒ. Yeah. I got ta go, John, because I got ta be at school at 3:20 at the school. But I am feeding a little hedgehog there, sometimes. But I havenít seen Ďim these last few nights. But as for Sean with the rubbish

John: It seems a very strange thing to do.

Sue: hands up

John: ... porch at the top of the drive.

Sue: What do you mean, Ďere? { Pointing to her side}

John: Here { pointing to his side}

Sue: Thatís why he was the one time ...

John: There ...

Sue: Yeah. .. down there ...he was up and down there ... and I thought ďIíll feed ĎimĒ, yeah.

John: Well that sounds unbelievable.

Sue: On my life, John. I did put a little saucer down there and feed Ďim.

John: Well, Iíve shown it to the police and they think it very strange.

Sue: I was feeding little hedgehogs, John. And Iíll be honest if you are going to start moaning, John. To be honest. Sean Ė that was very bad. And he do want a good, bloody telling off for that. But the things that annoys ...

John: But putting something there is not a good idea, is it?

Sue: No, I did think about that after. But you werenít there at the time. And I thought ďoh, well it wonít hurt there ...Ē. Because he was Ďanging about there, John. Thatís on my life.

John: ... But itís liable to get run over ...

Sue: I did think of that after and I did take it off, if you notice. But if I put it Ďere because then Sean is in and out and disturb it or I am with the dogs. That is the truth, John. I wouldnít be doing nuthiní else there except feeding a hedgehog and that is the truth, John.

John: Feeding a hedgehog?

Sue: On my, on my life, John. And Iím very honest. Iím not a liar, or nasty, John.

John: People think it very strange.

Sue: I donít see nuthiní strange in putting a little dish of food down for a hedgehog.

John: Well it is because itís someone elseís garden. And itís likely to get run over.

Sue: Well, I know but you are never Ďere that much and this drive is always used and itís always on yoursí.

John: But you could put it there, couldnít you?

Sue: Well.

John: Itís not going to get run over there.

Sue: I know, I know, I thought after. I can see it from there when the light comes on. You see, honest. I know it sounds .... but that is what I was doing. That is the honest, I am looking you in the face to say that is the honest truth, John.

John: It sounds very far-fetched to me.

Sue: Well, Iíll be honest, John, if you can moan all you like but I know when I am telling the truth. That is on my life. That is on my sonís life and I wouldnít use that word lightly, not your own flesh and blood, John.

John: There have certainly been lots of things thrown in my garden.

Sue: That is bad. Hands up Iím being honest there. Iíve told Ďim off. And Iíve gone over there getting the cans off your drive, John.

John: Right.

Sue: Iíve even done a bit of weeding along there, see along the hedge, put a bit of weed killer down, back in the summer ... to be honest.

John: But when you pick weeds up, youíve just thrown them in the garden ...

Sue: Yes, because theyíre all over ...

John: But it doesnít help though.

Sue: On my side than your side, John.

John: But, It doesnít help, if

Sue: Yeah, Iím not being funny, John, really your garden Ė could do with being cut down. I donít moan too much but other people in this village - how could you live by that terrible mess with your garden so lovely. And I donít moan, John.

John: Yes, but your son throws a lot of rubbish in my garden ...

Sue: I know ... yes ...

John: ... which makes me feel disinclined to do anything about it.

Sue: That is bad, that is bad, yes. That is wrong, John. And if he does it again, I shall tell him youíve come round and mentioned it, all right? So, ...

John: When Iíve shown videos of this to people, theyíre not impressed with his behaviour.

Sue: Well, weíre not impressed with the mess weíve got to live by, and rats youíre harbouring in that long grass, with all them weeds. See, Iíll be honest with you ...

John: But your throwing stuff in my garden doesnít help.

Sue: No, that is, I didnít do that, John. But youíve, youíve got a cheek coming round here ... saying this and that what Iím doing with a dish and people, uh, the hedgehog and thereís a terrible mess we got here, rats, ... and youíre making, youíre knocking the price down on my house.

John: But youíre throwing rubbish in my garden.

Sue: Iím not, John.

John: Your son is, then.

Sue: My son is. And I know that. And Iíve told him off. And if you ever ...

John: But heís been doing it for years, though.

Sue: ... I ... he should know better now heís older.

John: He should.

Sue: .. and heíll be told about that when he comes in. I shall have words with him.

John: Right.

Sue: And Iíve got a good mind to send him round there to apologise.

John: Hmmm.

Sue: Right? That is wrong, John. But feeding a hedgehog, John I canít see nuthiní complicated about that.

John: But ...

Sue: I left it there because I thought Johnís not around ...

John: Thatís a strange reason to give though.

Sue: John is not around.

John: But itís going to get run over when I come back, though.

Sue: Yeah, I thought youíre never hardly here much. I thought it wonít hurt there. ... up and down our drive a lot.

John: But it would be safe enough there. { Pointing to inside her car port at the top of her drive; not normally used by their cars. }

Thereís not going to be a car there, is there?

Sue: Yeah, I wasnít thinking, John. I wasnít thinking. I got ta go John, cos Iím going to be late for work.

Second, the visit from the neighbours in the evening. Not quite the apology that Sue Hopkins was talking about, perhaps.

[ It started with Dave knocking hard on the glass door. ]

Dave: Iíll f**king get Ďim, Iíll tell you.

[ John opens door ]

Dave: What you f**king accusing my f**king missus of, pal. [ hits glass door twice ] What you f**king doing, Iíll ave you.

Sue: Dave, no.

Dave: What you accusing her of? [ hits glass door again ] Ay? What are you accusiní Ďer of?

John: Iím not accusing her of anything.

Dave: What do you mean youíre not accusing her of anything? You put a phone to her face. I want to know what itís all about. Iíll tell you John Iíll f**king Ďave you mate. Youíre picking on the wrong people Ďere. Iíve got a f**king brother and f**king people that will kill you Iíll tell you.

John: Iíll explain.

Dave: This f**king shit hole weíre living next door to.

Sue: What you accusing me of, John, on your drive? Youíve upset me a lot.

John: It was very strange. I didnít mean to upset you. You were putting ...

Sue: John, why was you staring

Dave: Youíre ...

Sue: Shuush. Please, Dave. Dave, calm down. Shoosh, please Dave. Sean, you were not, Dave. Listen.

Dave: Iíll tell you what Iíll Ďave you, Iíll f**king Ďave Ďim if I get Ďalf a f**king chance.

Sue: John, what do you think I was doiní on your drive?

John: It was puzzling. It was puzzling. Settle down, Dave.

Sue: Sean, pack it in {Sean has come out with a knife. }

Dave: F**king prat, Sean.

Sue: I wish I Ďadnít said nuthin now. John ...

John: It was very strange you were putting some sort of saucer at the top of my drive.

Sue: Yeah, but ...

Dave: Youíre in f**king trouble, pal.

Sue: Iím not Ďaving ...

John: It was strange.

Sue: Youíre intimidatingí me, John.

John: I donít mean .. Iím not intimidating you.

Sue: You, you was staring at me this afternoon very oddly.

John: No, I wasnít.

[ After they gave out some more abuse they left with the following ]

Sue: I think itís disgusting. Accused. I donít know what heís accusiní me of.

Dave: Iíll tell you, if Ďe comes out there Iíll f**king kill Ďim

Dave [ looking at tyre Sean has slashed ]; That was a stupid, f**king thing to do, wasnít it?

The above raises many questions. One of which is if Sue really believes that there are rats about (it is a rural location) why is she leaving out food after dark? Another is why are they throwing rubbish in their neighbour's garden? That will only create an environment for vermin.

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