Demolition boss feared for £6m worth of trucks when worker went on rampage

A demolition boss has told how he thought his GBP6m fleet of vehicles would be destroyed when a worker went on a rampage with a digger. The disgruntled staff member smashed up Thomas Crompton’s GBP100k car and a truck with the digger. In a series of video clips, the driver can be seen crashing into a black Range Rover before wheeling off to pummel a HGV.

Staff at the demolition firm in Bradford can then be seen rushing out to the vehicle to pull the man from the cab. Owner Thomas Crompton told how they feared the employee was heading towards their fleet of 60 vehicles – valued at GBP6million. Mr Crompton, 53, said: “There was a serious threat to life here.

We have no doubt in our minds that he would have gone to do some serious damage if we had not have stopped him. “We had staff in and around, working on-site, he had no regard for anybody else whatsoever.” The business owner, who has been running Thomas Crompton Demolition for 30 years, added: “[…] on Saturday morning, when he came by the depot at 7am, I told him there was no driving work on today and he left.”

Mr Crompton and a couple of other staff were in the office cabin at the depot at around 10.20am when they heard an almighty crash. He said he looked out of the window to see his Range Rover Autobiography “bounding into the air”.

Damage to Thomas Crompton’s GBP100k Range Rover

“My sister, Margaret Crompton, ran straight out and demanded he stop, but he did not listen,” Mr Crompton said. “By this time we had realised it was one of our employees. “I managed to get into the vehicle to get what we call the deadman’s handle – the emergency stop on a construction vehicle – to stop him.

“He was fighting me to stop me getting at it, because he knew what I intended to do, he had like a super strength. He was adamant he wanted to keep driving that vehicle.” Mr Crompton described the worker as “like a man possessed” and claims he stunk of alcohol and was slurring his words.

The man was pulled from the vehicle and staff stayed with him until the police showed up and arrested him. “It is such a shame it has ended like this,” Mr Crompton said. “He is an experienced digger driver, he has worked for us on a freelance basis for a couple of years and we have been nothing but kind to him.

I am really disappointed.” “We are now in shock thinking what damage he could have done if we had not stopped him. This could have been a murder investigation,” he added.

“Family quite often to come to visit us here at the site on a weekend – because I work all hours god sends – and sometimes, if my 18-month-old nephew has fallen asleep in the car, we will leave him asleep in there. “If he was in there he would not be alive. “There were also other guys working on the vehicles, cleaning and making repairs.

This could have been far more serious than it has been. It is scary to think. “I do not know what caused him to do this.

“His wife has been to see us, to apologise, but I know that he has been told by the police that he must stay away from us.” A police spokesman said: “At 10.27am on Saturday, 28 September, police received a report of damage being caused to vehicles at business premises in Bowling Back Lane, Bradford. “Officers attended and arrested a 52-year-old man on suspicion of criminal damage.

“He was later released on bail pending further enquiries.”

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