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Abingdon fish pond man in 'trespasser risk row'

Kevin Sheehan
Image caption Kevin Sheehan said he is determined to keep his fish pond

A man who built a fish pond in his back garden claims he has been told to remove it in case a trespasser falls in.

Kevin Sheehan said his local housing association told him his property must be "safe for everyone" including uninvited guests.

Koi carp enthusiast Mr Sheehan, of Abingdon, Oxfordshire, has vowed to keep the water feature.

Sovereign Housing said it is "discussing" the pond's future.

It also said Mr Sheehan had not asked for permission to build the "very large" structure, which houses koi carp, fantails and goldfish.

But the defiant 62-year-old has vowed to keep the pool regardless of what Sovereign say.

'Liable for trespassers'

He said: "Why should I give in? I lead my life the way other people do, I don't tell people 'you can't do that'."

A spokesman for Sovereign Housing said: "This is not about burglars, this is about making sure our homes are safe places for our residents and any visitors to the property."

He added: "We're also liable if someone does trespass on the property."

Image caption Sovereign Housing told Mr Sheehan his pond had to be safe for 'everyone'