Homeowner wins £300k court battle against local council over Japanese knotweed

A street in the village of Nant-y-moel
The homeowner lives in Nant-y-moel in Wales (Image credit: Google Street View)

A homeowner has won a £300,000 court case after suing his local authority for letting Japanese knotweed spread into his garden.

Marc Davies, 38, took Bridgend County Borough Council in south Wales to court after the invasive weed spread from a disused railway line next to his home.

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