Couple arrive home from work to find mystery scaffolding covering their house

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Chris Evans has tried to find out where the scaffolding came from: Manchester Evening News

A couple were left bemused when they returned home from work to find their house covered in scaffolding – and no clues as to where it came from or why it is there.

Chris Evans, 44, said that despite extensive efforts to locate its source, along with his wife Liggy Webb, he had been unable to find out who erected it.

He told the Manchester Evening News that he had called “just about every scaffolding company in Manchester” but has not found anyone who will take responsibility for it.

“What can we do? It’s a bit of a nightmare. Some firms have offered to collect it, but another company might then come round and say it belongs to them,” he said.

He added: “The company haven’t left anything on the scaffolding which might identify them. It’s more of an annoyance than anything.”

Scaffolding mix-ups have left homeowners confused and frustrated in the past.

Earlier this year a couple in Derbyshire returned from the supermarket to find their house covered in scaffolding. Pensioners Liz and Ken Thompson had a similar issue in that there was no information left about which company put the scaffolding up or when they were coming back for it.

“As I pulled up to the drive I saw the scaffolding and I thought ‘where are we?’ because we were at home but the scaffolding hadn’t been there when we left. I was just absolutely surprised and shocked,” Mrs Thompson told the Metro at the time.

In 2012, 63-year-old coach driver Bob Sadler was left “absolutely livid” when his Hertfordshire home was covered in scaffolding he hadn’t asked for.

It eventually emerged that it had been intended for the home of Artur Da Silva, a taxi driver living in Cambridge with a leaky roof.

The two men shared an SG8 postcode.

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