Suspected fly-tipper truck stuck and abandoned at country park is torched in mysterious development
OWNERS of a tipper truck suspected of fly-tipping that got stuck and then abandoned in a country park – sparking a viral campaign to crush it – has now been now been torched in a mysterious turn of events.
As reported last week, an anti-fly-tipping campaign called for a ‘crush and prosecution’ by clearwaste.com and its members after suspected illegal dumpers were left with egg on their face when their truck full of household waste got stuck – on a bed of rubbish.
The owners’s of the vehicle fled the grounds at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Clanfield late on Wednesday night.
But, desperate to retrieve the ill-fated tipper, the owners rang up the country park the next day and asked for their truck back – claiming it was all an unfortunate mistake after their van happened to break down.
ClearWaste founder Martin Montague said last week after launching his viral campaign: ‘We want a crush and prosecution.’
But the campaign could now be redundant after a picture was shared on social media of the truck burnt rendering it ‘useless’.
‘Who would stoop so low to tip a truck load of rubbish in a beauty spot? Just deserts if you ask me,’ a post on Voice 4 Portchester said.
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Mr Montague, who appeared on the BBC’s Panorama program on Monday, said last week: ‘They claim they "broke down" and now they are asking for their van back.
‘Should the council prosecute them and crush it – or give it back?
‘This fly-tipper obviously thought they could get away with dumping this load of rubbish on land at Queen Elizabeth Country Park leaving us taxpayers with the clear-up bill.
‘The public also overwhelmingly want a crush and a prosecution judging by the comments from our viral Facebook post that now has over 100,000 views. Everyone wants them outed.’