Fly-tipper karate kicks mobile phone from hand of man who caught him dumping rubbish at beauty spot
A FLY-TIPPER karate kicked a mobile phone from a man’s hand after realising he was being filmed.
The man was trying to dump rubbish at a beauty spot when he was confronted by a wildlife enthusiast who started to record the incident.
The victim, who wants to remain anonymous, was looking for a peregrine falcon to snap when he saw two men drive a white van down a country lane near Christchurch, Dorset.
He followed them and decided to start filming when he found them apparently dumping waste inside a burnt-out vehicle already there.
In the video the victim can be heard shouting: “Pick that up! Pick up the stuff you've left stuff there. Pick it up! Go back!”
He then blocked their escape by standing in front of the Peugeot van – leaving the driver no choice but to reverse back towards the dumped rubbish.
One of the men got out and started retrieving the waste then aimed a flying kick at the 51-year-old victim.
The force of the blow knocked the camera out of his hands and sent it flying to the ground.
The man also suffered bruising to his fingers in the assault and had to go to hospital.
He reported the incident to the police and sent them the footage – which clearly shows the number plate of the van.
He received was told a police officer would contact him on October 3 and then they will they speak to the suspects.
The incident happened on Watery Lane near Christchurch, Dorset, on Tuesday.
The man said: "I was filming wildlife up the lane and saw this white van go down a restricted road where a burned out car is still waiting to be taken away by the council from several weeks ago.
"The area has been notorious for fly tipping over the years.
"I followed the van because I suspected they were fly-tippers.
"I started filming them as they began unloading the van.
"I was shaking through nerves but was quite pleased when they started putting the stuff back into their van.
"I was going to let them off and not do anything with the footage but then I was attacked.
"The guy had so much stuff in his arms that I was really shocked when he kicked at me.
"I didn't feel any pain but then I looked at my fingers and they were bruised.”
Dorset Police said: "It was reported that a small white van drove down a restricted footpath and the occupants were seen to unload bags in the area.
"A member of the public asked them to put their stuff back, but was then reportedly assaulted and damage was caused to a camera he was holding.
"Enquiries are ongoing into the incident. No arrests have been made.
"Scheduled appointments are made with victims of incidents where there is no immediate risk or danger involved. The booking of an appointment depends on the availability of both officers and the victim.
"During the appointment, the victim will receive contact with the police to make a statement and be provided with reassurance and crime prevention advice where appropriate."
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