Pensioner awarded nearly £10,000 in damages due to ‘monster’ Japanese knotweed invasion from railway line

Overgrown plants at the bottom of a garden on top of a broken shed
Richard Pember said the plant was like ‘living with a monster that always comes back’ after it overwhelmed his garden (Image credit: InkedPR)

A homeowner has won nearly £10,000 in damages after highly invasive and destructive Japanese knotweed infested his home.

Richard Pember, 74, sued Transport for Wales after the pesky weed spread from a railway line behind his home in in Pontypridd, South Wales.

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