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Wednesday, 2 October, 2002, 08:11 GMT 09:11 UK
Rolling Stone path to be moved
Keith Richards with Mick Jagger on stage
Councillors said they could see into the star's garden
Rock guitarist Keith Richards has won his battle to protect the privacy and security of his country home by having a public footpath rerouted.

The 60-year-old Rolling Stone wanted the path moved from beside his home in West Sussex, as he claimed ramblers and walkers could see straight in to his garden.

The thatched house in West Wittering, near Chichester, is the rock star's rural retreat and the footpath comes within 10 metres of the lawn.

West Sussex County Council agreed to have the path moved to the other side of a nearby field, following a council rights of way committee meeting.


Whether they be Prime Minster or pop star, they are more vulnerable than your or I

Bill Acraman, chairman

Richards bought the Redlands mansion in 1966 after finding fame with the Rolling Stones, and it was the scene of an infamous 1967 drugs bust in which he and Mick Jagger were arrested.

Chairman of the committee, Bill Acraman said: "Someone well known is more vulnerable than you or me.

"We are well aware of what the paparazzi do. We are well aware of what nutters can do.

"Whether they be Prime Minster or pop star, they are more vulnerable than your or I. I strongly feel we should be able to go the extra mile."

A spokesman for Mr Richards said he was on tour in America, for the band's 40th anniversary tour.

He said Mr Richards was well liked within the community.

Three years ago he wrote a cheque for 20,000 to repair the village hall's roof when someone called at his home asking for a donation.


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