Yodel driver knocks down 70-year-old's wall - and he's still waiting for repairs three months later

A 70-year-old man has been left with an ‘eyesore’ in his front garden for three months – thanks to a Yodel delivery driver knocking down his wall.

Monday, 9th March 2020, 4:10 pm
Updated Monday, 9th March 2020, 5:54 pm

Peter Shepherd, the chief executive of a logistics company, was returning from the shops when he witnessed the driver hit his garden wall on Monday December 23.

A 6ft length of the wall collapsed ‘straight away’ – as the Yodel van drove away.

The 70-year-old visited the Segensworth branch of the delivery company, where he was told the company would arrange for the wall to be repaired.

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Peter Shepherd from Titchfield, is still waiting for his wall outside his house to be repaired after a Yodel delivery driver hit it in December. Picture: Sarah Standing (060320-9731)

Peter said: ‘I saw the driver hit the wall - it collapsed straight away.’

‘Accidents do happen but he deliberately drove off.

‘I didn’t think to report it to the police, but went to the local branch the next day, where a manager accepted liability.’

But the wall has remained down for more than three months – with the delivery company sending a building firm to visit the property four times since December. But each time the builders have said they needed more material or better conditions to undertake the repairs.

The damaged wall Picture: Sarah Standing (060320-9757)

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Peter said: ‘I have spent a lot of time sorting this out.

‘It has caused lot of stress, as to what is going to happen and being left with this mess to clear up.

‘We have not moved any of the brickwork but need to do so shortly so no-one trips over this walking down the lane in the dark.

Peter Shepherd Picture: Sarah Standing (060320-9765)

‘I have tried emailing and calling (Yodel) – I just get through to a call centre in South Africa.

‘The service has been dreadful.’

If Peter decided to take matters into his own hands, he could face paying hundreds of pounds to fix the damage, with another building firm giving him a quote of £1,700.

He added: ‘I’m good at logistics – but useless at rebuilding walls.’

The driver was delivering a package of wine to Peter’s neighbours, but the incident has not soured their relationship.

He said: ‘It’s an old wall - over 100 years old – so we don’t know who owns it.

‘But my neighbour is happy for me to take charge.’

Yodel have been approached to comment.