Sign of shame

A VENGEFUL pensioner has launched a very public vendetta of shame against a parish councillor who assaulted him.Peter Britton has erected a sign outside his property to expose a parish councillor William Wrinch who smacked him in the face after a disagreement about a footpath.

A VENGEFUL pensioner has launched a very public vendetta of shame against a parish councillor who assaulted him.

Peter Britton has erected a sign outside his property to expose a parish councillor William Wrinch who smacked him in the face after a disagreement about a footpath.

Mr Britton erected the sign outside his Rence Park home earlier this month after tenant farmer William Wrinch was cautioned for his assault.

The signs read: "William Wrinch of Knights Farm, Vice Chairman of Harkstead Parish Council beat up old aged pensioner for complaining about tracks, footpaths and bridleway Chelmondiston 14. Police Crime Ref No: HD/04/342."


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Mr Wrinch of Knight's Farm Harkstead admitted hitting the 65-year-old on February 24 after police were contacted about the incident.

A row had erupted between the two men after Mr Britton parked his van in the lane outside his property.

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He claims that Mr Wrinch was attempting to remove the van with a chain when Mr Britton challenged the 47-year-old farmer.

Mr Britton then swore at Mr Wrinch who he claims squared up to him and hit him.

Mr Britton said: "He grabbed me and hit me in the face. Two blokes watched him do it."

His wife managed to separate the two men but Mr Britton was left with several cuts to his face.

The pair have been involved in an on-going dispute about tracks and bridleways in the area and today Mr Britton has continued the battle, installing two imposing signs at the front and rear of his property and rigging the outside of his home with CCTV.

Mr Britton added: "I wanted to draw what he had done to people's attention.

"I am hoping he will take me to civil court over it. He got a police caution and I want people to know what he has done."

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said: "William Wrinch was cautioned for assault occasioning actual bodily harm. "

Mr Wrinch declined to comment on the signs stating they were "Mr Britton's problem."

Within days of the assault Mr Wrinch appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates charged with careless driving.

He was fined £150 and had four penalty points after admitting to the incident which took place last August.

Mr Wrinch had used his Land Rover to ram past a Citroen Picasso in a feud over a parking spot.

After the latest incident, Mr Britton claims he has submitted a complaint to the Standards Board for England a body which investigates councillor's misconduct.

A spokeswoman for the body said that Mr Wrinch was not currently the subject of investigation.

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