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Neighbourhood watch

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Astragal's local rag the Camden New Journal appears to have made a dangerous enemy.

The paper has got on the wrong side of creepy Hollywood star Tim Burton, director of the kookily gothic Corpse Bride and slashfest Sleepy Hollow.

The paper has been covering an attempt by Burton to win planning permission for a 'shepherd's hut on wheels' in the back yard of the Hampstead house he shares with actress wife Helena Bonham Carter.

Burton told US Esquire: 'There was an article saying that Helena and I were trying to get permission to build a fantasyland in our garden; some kind of amazing gypsy caravan. Our garden is about the size of this sitting area. And the paper showed a picture of an area that looked like what a homeless person would stay in.'

Burton's rant against the British press continued, as he added: 'Every other week there's a breaking story under the headline "Helena Bonham Carter Dressed Like Shit". So it's like we've got this reputation for being the neighbourhood weirdos.'

Near-neighbour Astragal would like to console Tim with the knowledge that neither he nor Helena could dress any worse than this neighbourhood weirdo…

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