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.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 7:00 am

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.

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The owners’s of the vehicle fled the grounds at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Clanfield late on Wednesday night.

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Suspected fly-tipper truck at Queen Elizabeth Country Park set alight

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.

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.’

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