Furious residents living in a quiet village have blasted a madcap neighbour after he bought a TANK — and parked it outside his home.
Picture credit: Sam Tierney
Military-nut Nicholas Kravchenko is now refusing to move the four-tonne camouflaged beast which came complete with caterpillar tracks.
Residents living in the normally tranquil St Peter’s Road in Wolvercote, near Oxford, have branded the machine an ”eyesore”.
But Mr Kravchenko – a retired Army engineer – has refused to move the tank which takes up three-and-a-half normal parking spaces.
Yesterday he stormed: ”I can go out and drive it any time I like. There’s no law to stop anyone having 10 tanks.
”The council have not said it’s antisocial and the police would have been straight on to me if it was parked illegally.
”It’s not intimidating, because it’s a square box with a Rolls-Royce engine in it and it doesn’t stick out in the road.”
Bizarrely, Mr Kravchenko also claimed HE was the victim of harassment.
He went on: ”I’m being harassed by residents making false claims to the police and council to the purpose of preventing me from my lawful and peaceful enjoyment of my life.
”I’m fed up with it.”
But neighbours hit back, saying he is ruining their street.
Paul Harvey, who lives three doors away from Mr Kravchenko, said: ”The whole situation is unbelievable.
”There’s a limited number of spaces on the street and this tank is taking up a number of them.
”It has been put here purely to wind up the residents. It’s so incredibly antisocial.”
Neighbour Debbie Tyson, who lives opposite the tank, added: ”I have to look at that thing every morning.
”It’s a disgrace. I can’t believe there’s nothing that the authorities can do.”
Another woman, who did not want to be named, added: ”Initially I heard he was parking it outside his home while he looked for somewhere else to store it but I overheard him telling someone he was going to leave it there permanently.
”It’s an eyesore and is upsetting and scares the little kids. One toddler asked her mum if we were in a war. It’s not right.”
Mr Kravchenko bought the decommissioned military vehicle from the MoD and told neighbours he planned to display it at military shows.
Angry residents have appealed to Oxford City Council to take action but the authority is powerless to act.
Town hall chiefs say their hands are tied because there are no parking restrictions on the road and the vehicle is roadworthy and taxed.
Council officers have promised to meet with Mr Kravchencko this week in an attempt to persuade him to move the vehicle.
Council spokesman Louisa Dean said: ”We’re now working with the local community and police as well as our Crime and Nuisance Action Team to see if we can help with this dispute.”
It is not the first time Mr Kravchenko has been under fire over his passion for collecting vehicles.
Last September, Oxford City Council removed a convoy of Mr Kravchenko’s vehicles – including five trailers, a Ford Sierra, a Land Rover and some scrap metal – after declaring them abandoned.
But Mr Kravchenko successfully appealed the ruling and on February 1, Oxford County Court ordered the council return the vehicles to him.
Neighbour Alan Cotmore said: ”It’s a lovely area but it’s becoming a personal scrapyard.”
War veteran David Bedford, 85, added: ”It’s heart-breaking living where I do.
‘I have to look at his filthy, broken cars every time I leave my house and it’s really getting me down.
”I don’t know what to do any more.”