Dad fumes and claims neighbor ‘scolds son for playing in garden’

An Edinburgh dad claims his 25-year-old neighbor confiscated his 11-year-old son’s football as she tries to stop him playing at the national game. EdinburghLive reports that Lionel Wilson, 61, went online to research possible solutions after claiming his neighbor blamed his son Nathan for tapping in his own private garden.

The father says he would like to let football-mad Hibs fan Nathan play outside in peace without being confronted by the neighbors. He explained that Nathan isn’t the best at football, but he absolutely loves the sport and doesn’t want to stop him from training.

It is not the first time that the father of four has had problems with the couple who live next door. His three other sons had similar problems growing up, with the locksmith even claiming he was warned by neighbors when he bought the Grange house.

Mr Wilson turned to a local community group for advice after his neighbor complained that Nathan’s game was destroying flowers.

He wrote: “I need advice. I’m lucky to stay at EH9 with my own garden.

“When my son is round two days a week he loves to play football in the garden as the Meadows are a mile away. He is not good at football but is improving. My problem is my neighbor who is now guarding the ball which he spills by mistake.

“They asked me to ask him to stop playing football because the ball is damaging their flowers. What should I do?”

Mr Wilson added: “I just want to do the right thing. I know the back gardens were never meant for football or flowers, they were for drying clothes but the weather has past.

“I tried to explain but he is an 11 year old boy. He loves football and is a huge Hibs fan. My reason for posting was to try and gauge an opinion for the good answer.”

He continued: “What I don’t agree with is when they keep balls. Our other neighbor keeps frogs in his garden and they don’t like it either – they can’t stand frogs .”

Mr Wilson will continue to allow his son to play football in the garden for now and said he could give neighbors a bar of chocolate as a peace offering.

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