Man beaten over path row

Change of right of way across land at Lees Lane Stables, off Syke Lane, Lightcliffe.
Change of right of way across land at Lees Lane Stables, off Syke Lane, Lightcliffe.

A woman has suffered countless instances of abuse and her husband has been attacked following a bitter feud regarding a public footpath.

Debbie Pedley and her husband rent the land at Lees Lane Stables off Syke Lane in Lightcliffe, which features a large field that’s been accessed by the public for years.

Although there was originally a route through the fields in front of the barns across to the nearby A58 road, the path – which has now been closed – was never a legal right of way, according to Calderdale Council. “The council insisted that we change it,” said Debbie, who lives in Mirfield. But since the decision to do so, things seem to have spiralled out of control.

While aggressive walkers have damaged the newly installed stiles and hurled abusive language towards the couple, they have been forced to get the police involved.

Debbie said: “My husband was actually attacked when someone got a plank of wood in his hand and took a swing at my husband and then started beating him around the head. There’s also been threatening letters saying we’d threatened someone with a gun.”

Debbie said she would like to invite people with any questions to call into the stables so she can explain where alternative paths are.