Playing a bit of football in the back garden is all fun and games until the ball is launched over the fence and onto your neighbour's property.

This can often be an awkward situation for residents who don't know their neighbours or those who have a poor relationship with them.

Many opt to simply run into their neighbour's garden to retrieve the item but this can land you in some legal trouble.

Is it illegal to go into someone's garden to get your ball?

Worcester News: Neighbours should return balls that land on their property as doing otherwise could be considered theft (Getty)Neighbours should return balls that land on their property as doing otherwise could be considered theft (Getty) (Image: Getty)

It is illegal to enter your neighbour's property without their permission except in some limited circumstances.

Entering a neighbouring property to retrieve a ball is still considered trespassing, according to Nuisance Neighbours.

This is a civil wrong and could lead to legal consequences such as liability for damages.

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Barrett Homes and West Yorkshire Police say that neighbours are legally obliged to return a ball that lands in their garden.

Not doing so could see them prosecuted as this is technically theft.

This can be done in most cases by simply throwing it back over the fence or waiting until the next door asks for it.

However, if this becomes a recurring problem, you may want to speak with the parents of the house to come to an amicable solution to the issue.

In circumstances where an informal solution is not possible, it may be worth contacting the Citizens Advice Bureau to find out what next steps you can take.