YOU can't beat city hall, the old saying goes.
British farmer Robert Fidler is fighting a council order to tear down a castle he built without a planning permit.
Robert kept the castle, complete with ramparts, hidden from council behind haystacks and tarpaulins for four years.
He was hoping to exploit a loophole which allows structures built without planning permission to stay, if they go unchallenged for four years.
No such luck for Robert, who lost his case because he had deliberately tried to deceive the council. He is hoping the European Court of Human Rights will see it differently overrule.
Otherwise, presumably, Robert will be manning the ramparts and boiling the oil when the council comes to call.