Wily farmer & sons use tractors to trap fly-tippers before crooks abandon truck
A wily farmer and his sons trapped fly-tippers who dumped rubbish on their land the same time every day. Steve Jones used walkie-talkies to coordinate with sons Trevor and Josiah. The fly-tippers were forced to abandon their truck after being caught in the act and boxed in by the farmers and a motorist.
Mr Jones trapped the tippers with a car and was joined by his sons in their tractor and rough-terrain forklift after getting fed up with repeated incidents of rubbish being dumped on his land. The suspects were snared in woods at Blue Bell Hill near Chatham in Kent and on farmland around 30 miles away at Harvel House Farm near Meopham and are now being investigated by authorities. Are you impressed?
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The fly-tippers were not expecting this (Image: Trevor Jones / SWNS)
Mr Jones said rubbish being dumped on his land was becoming a daily occurrence so his family decided to take action. Along with his two sons, they used walkie talkies to co-ordinate their operation last Friday at around 9.45am. After blocking the van, one man fled the scene while another remonstrated with the farmers and threatened to smash through the barricade, Mr Jones said.
He tried to escape by mounting the verge but was unable to get through so he also left before police arrived to seize the vehicle, Mr Jones said. Follow all the latest news by signing up to one of the Mirror’s newsletters
The truck tried to drive up the verge
The 65-year-old added: “We wouldn’t go a month without fly-tipping generally. It ranges from people clearing out their shed to people who are doing it serially.
“It’s quite regular, but this lot were coming every day, which was a bit silly of them because it made them easy to catch. “We knew roughly what sort of time they were coming, so I got there about 9.45am. “They turned up and we saw them go past.
They were incredibly quick. By the time I got the car down there, they were on their way out. “I got on the walkie talkie, and the boys and some of the staff turned up.
I didn’t close the gates, I just parked the car across the gateway so they couldn’t get out. “They weren’t best pleased. One of them just walked straight off, he wasn’t hanging around.
“The other one remonstrated with me. He told me to get out of the way, and then he got on his phone to get some other people. Then he said ‘I’m just going to smash out past you’.
“I said ‘that’s why I bought a GBP200 car’. He went up the bank but lost traction on his wheels and couldn’t move. My two boys were coming with tractors, so we boxed him in so he couldn’t get out.”
The driver of the vehicle then left the scene, leaving behind the tipper van, which was later seized by police.
Kent Police confirmed they were called at 10.46am on Friday to a report of a dispute in Harvel Road in the village of Vigo, Kent. A spokesman for the force added: “The dispute involved a land owner and two men who are alleged to have *fly*-tipped on the land. “During the dispute, one of the alleged *fly*-*tippers* attempted to harm the land owner before they left the scene on foot.
“Officers attended and seized a vehicle, which had been driven to the scene by the man who made the threats.
Inquiries into the threatening behaviour are ongoing.”
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