Ford Escort Buried in Pensioner's Backyard

It seems that the pharaohs' tombs finally found some competition. Finding a Ford Escort from the early eighties buried in huge amounts of vegetation in the backyard of a pensioner may not be as thrilling as an Egyptian pharaoh's tomb but it surely is something which exceeds the boundaries of the ordinary.

The Daily Mail has found out about the strange and unexpected discovery made by council workers who were ordered to clear the dense undergrowth at the home of Annis Dodds in the Berkshire town, UK. Apparently, Mrs Dodds ignored  an official notice to cut back the grass from the garden, so a clearance team was sent to take care of the problem.

Hardly could have they imagined that the dense vegetation in her backyard was the tomb of a rusting Ford Escort from the early eighties.

“We were astonished at the amount of vegetation, but even more so to find an old car rusting away in the undergrowth. We're really pleased with the outcome of the prosecution and it should hopefully send out a firm message to others that they need to keep their gardens clean,” explained Sarah Hines-Randall, who led the clean-up team for Slough council.

In fact, as incredible as it may seem, it is believed that Mrs Dodds didn't even know about the vehicle buried in her garden. But we can only speculate about this thing as the woman who lives in the house with her son has been unavailable for comments so far.

The story started when neighbors made complaints that the undergrowth was also a shelter for rats. “We had rats in our garden and garage because of it and there were nasty bugs everywhere,” confessed one of Mrs Dodds' neighbors. “In the summer it used to smell really badly as well. We always used to wonder what was under all the weeds.”

In response to the complaints, Mr Dodds who is believed to be in her forties was also ordered to hire a pest contractor but she just ignored that notice as well.

Now, that the problem was solved, Mrs Dodds was prosecuted under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act and therefore fined £500 at Maidenhead Magistrates Court. In addition, she must also pay £1,000 costs to the council.
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