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Appeal to trace tractor which damaged Mountfitchet Castle boundary wall in Stansted

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The owner of Stansted's Mountfitchet Castle is appealing for witnesses or CCTV footage to help trace the tractor which caused extensive damage to a boundary wall.

The incident last Friday afternoon (Oct 2) on Grove Hill brought residents out of their houses as they heard the scraping noise of the machinery the tractor was towing on the 300-year-old flint structure.

They managed to capture photos, but with the farm vehicle's number plate obscured, castle owner Jeremy Goldsmith is appealing for any footage that might help to identify the culprit. Police had been informed, he said.

The tractor that caused damage to the boundary wall at Mountfitchet Castle (42567141)
The tractor that caused damage to the boundary wall at Mountfitchet Castle (42567141)

"I received a phone call to say the wall had been hit all the way down by a farm implement on the back of a tractor. Everyone came out to see, but the driver just drove off," he said.

"The decent thing would have been to come and tell us. It's done a lot of damage as apparently he was going quite quickly.

"It was a dangerous bit of kit on the back with hooks that damaged about 100ft of wall, going along it like a rake, pulling out the flint."

The damaged wall along Grove Hill (42567143)
The damaged wall along Grove Hill (42567143)

"It'll be a long process to get it fixed and that's very frustrating for everybody in the village.

"This highlights that Grove Hill is really an issue that needs addressing."

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