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Angry woman bravely confronts ‘fly-tippers dumping waste at beauty spot’

Angry woman bravely confronts ‘fly-tippers dumping waste at beauty spot’
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This is the moment a furious woman bravely confronted three men as they allegedly fly-tipped building waste at a beauty spot.

The trio were caught “red-handed” emptying debris and building material from their large lorry down a quiet country lane, it is claimed.

Local resident Ella, 29, while she was putting her chickens away in Devon last Thursday, April 15

Ella, who did not want to give her surname, came across the alleged fly-tippers at the Ugbrooke estate.

She concedes it was a “bit stupid” to confront the group on her own – but said she was so angry she “didn’t think”.

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Waste, Devon

Ella said her local area is often blighted by fly-tipping

Ella said: “I was just shutting my chickens away when I could hear a commotion and gravel being poured away.

“I thought no one on the estate would be working 7pm at night?

“I ran round and saw them tipping everything out, so I got my phone out and ran up and started filming them and their faces.

“There was all this rubbish everywhere – they must have unhitched the trailer to use the van to tip out all the rubbish.

“I then grabbed their car keys which seem like a sensible thing to do at the time.

“It was a bit stupid – one girl and three guys.

Rubbish, Devon

The men said they planned to return the following day and collect the rubbish, it is claimed

“We get so much rubbish dumped there because it’s quick access off the motorway.

“We get all sorts – random washing machines, all sorts of stuff.”

Ella called her boyfriend, who quickly arrived on the scene at with some of his friends.

The police were also called and arrived a short time later.

She said she spoke to the alleged fly-tippers, who insisted they had tried to dump the waste at a local tip only to find it was closed.

They said they planned to return the following day and collect the rubbish again, it is claimed.

Ella said she was determined to capture the incident on camera as fly-tipping had become such a big problem in the area.

She added: “My grandad was a policeman so I think I must take after him. I wasn’t worried at the time – I was so mad I didn’t think.

Rubbish, Devon

The incident took place on Thursday, April 15

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“When I look back, I was lucky as they were fiery and didn’t do anything to me.

“They were completely shocked – I just ran through them and filmed them all and they didn’t know what to do.

“They weren’t nasty – they were apologetic. They were picking it all up as soon as they saw me.”

Ella said police told her it is unlikely the men would face prosecution – despite being caught “red-handed” on camera.

“The police told me its highly likely it won’t get to court,” she added.

“They were saying in the eyes of the law – a policeman has to see them actually doing the offence.

“They can just say they were just picking up the rubbish.

Rubbish, Devon

Ella said the men were “apologetic”

“But you think I’ve basically caught them red-handed it doesn’t make sense.

“I said I’ve got it on film – it’s annoying because I can see its jot going to get far without getting the ball rolling myself.”

Devon and Cornwall Police have been contacted for further information about the incident.

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