A DAD has been ordered to remove gates he put up at his Holmfirth home - after an abduction attempt on his son.
Jonathan Evans, 33, decided he had to act when his terrified five-year-old son Daniel said a stranger had tried to lure him into surrounding fields.
He put up iron gates across his drive and a public footpath which runs through his garden.
The main gates stay locked but the others are on a latch so walkers and runners can still have their right of way.
But now Kirklees Council is threatening to take the gates down. Council chiefs say the gates are not in keeping with the surrounding properties in Wickens Lane, Upperthong, and they are blocking the footpath.
They have served a 28-day removal notice on Mr Evans.
But company director Mr Evans is fuming.
"I had to do something to try and protect my family.
"It was an awful shock when my son told us what had happened," he said.
"We considered moving because we did not feel our children were safe."
Mr Evans, who also has an eight-year-old daughter called Cara, said he has installed CCTV around the house.
He added: "We had a lot of things stolen from the shed before the gates went up.
"But it was when Daniel told us a man had tried to get him to go in to the fields we decided something had to be done."
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: "This gentleman has erected big ornamental gates which obstruct the legal line of the path and give the impression it is private property although there is a small side gate.
"However, this is locked in the evening. It is an offence under the Highways Act to obstruct a public footpath and therefore enforcement action is being taken.
"At a meeting with Kirklees officers he agreed to fully re-open the path."