A community is at war with itself in one of Britain’s most remote beauty spots, as neighbours turn on each other over a set of pet geese. Eight people live at Berney Arms, a former pub that now houses a collection of caravans, outbuildings and boats. However, the group is now embroiled in a bitter row as they try to evict one of their neighbours, Sharon Davis, over her “out-of-control” animals on the land which sits between Reedham and Great Yarmouth and has no public road access.
The 53-year-old has been accused of letting her horses, geese, and fox cub turn the tranquil property into a “living hell”.
Her neighbours claim her pet geese have been “terrorising” tourists along the popular Wherryman’s Way footpath.
There is also concern about the fact that Ms Davis is raising a pet fox cub on the site.
Owner of the land, Raymond Hollocks, 70, explained the situation: “I have had reports of the geese attacking people.
“And there is CCTV footage showing the horses roaming freely on my land, and running past people at speed.”
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He added: “My tenants have told me the geese are aggressive. And I have concerns about a wild fox living here.”
Ms Davis has dismissed the concerns, and is fighting vigorously against what she labels a “revenge eviction”.
However, the move to evict her has gathered support from her own neighbours, including Nettie Southgate, 57, who lives in a static home next door.
Ms Southgate said: “Ever since the neighbour moved in she has had no regard or respect for us.
“I love animals but her horses are storming around our side, out of control.
“There have been numerous occasions where I have nearly been trampled on.
“They charge along the public footpath constantly and it is terrifying and causing me a living hell.”
Another neighbour, Jeff Pennington, echoed this point: “I was nearly flattened by her out-of-control horse.
“She has burnt all her bridges with us all living here. The geese stroll around as though they own the place.
“I think it’s quite fitting for them to be here though they have been aggressive to walkers in the past.”
Ms Davis insists she keeps her animals safe and secure and has complained that Mr Hollocks has left the property “to rot”.
She said: “I moved here because I have horses and there is lots of space here. The situation here for all the tenants is so severe.”
This is supported by the local Norfolk Broads Authority, which recently launched a legal bid to evict the entire community, claiming the structures do not have planning permission.
Mr Hollocks plans to fight this legal action and keep the group of tenants on the land.
Meanwhile, the local Broadland District Council are working to rehome Ms Davis out of concern about the building’s safety.
A Broadland Council spokesman said: “The reason for this is poor electrics, which pose an immediate risk.
“We are working with the tenant to assist with rehousing, in the meantime we have given advice on safety measures and actions we will need to be completed to lift the Order.”