‘One guy pulled a crowbar on me’: why fly-tipping wars are raging across Britain

‘One guy pulled a crowbar on me’: why fly-tipping wars are raging across Britain

Illegal dumping increased 300% during lockdown, causing fury and upset everywhere from animal shelters to pretty villages. Now some people are taking matters into their own hands

The TV comes over the garden wall first, in a graceful arc, rolling twice before coming to a stop, the screen miraculously unsmashed. Next come a tyre, a door frame, a drawer, miscellaneous pieces of wood and bits of hoarding.

A young woman appears, voice raised in anger. “What are you doing?” she asks, filming events on a mobile phone. “I’m the owner of the land,” responds Clifford Hamilton, who is flinging rubbish into her garden with the aid of two workmen. She steps away and calls the police as more rubbish – a door, planks of wood, what looks to be part of a kitchen cabinet – sails over the wall.

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