Case of the Week

Nicholas Van Hoogstraten, who famously referred to ramblers who wanted to cross his land as 'riff raff', 'the great unwashed' and the 'scum of the earth', was found to have illegally blocked a 100-year-old footpath with a barbed wire fence, a locked gate, refrigeration units and a barn. Undeterred by The Ramblers' Association's court victory, Van Hoogstraten is planning to build the largest domestic building constructed in England for 100 years, a £30m renaissance-style palace that will serve as his mausoleum.