Gardener threatened with ASBO for cutting trees

A green-fingered granddad has been ordered to stop cutting back trees and weeds at his local park – or he could be arrested. Do-gooder Alan Baines, 62, has spent the last 18 months picking up litter, trimming hedges and planting flowers at the once dilapidated park. Earlier this month he received an “aggressive” letter from Wigan Council ordering him to put his tools back in the shed or else they’d report him to police for criminal damage. Defiant Alan has refused the demand, saying that if he does then the park will become overgrown again and all his hard work will go to waste

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