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Stafford man carried on bonnet of wagon in fly-tipping incident

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

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AN ANGRY resident confronted yobs dumping deadly asbestos in Stafford - and then jumped on the bonnet of their wagon in a bid to stop them escaping.

The gang of fly-tippers drove their truck at Peter Shenton, 50, after he challenged them in Barn Bank Lane. But instead of dashing out of the way, the courageous neighbour jumped straight onto the bonnet, where he was carried most of the length of the lane.

And despite the thugs’ attempts to throw him off Mr Shenton clung on and tried to smash the windscreen to get them to stop.

At one point the truck slowed down and Mr Shenton managed to jump onto the side to try to pull the door open but the driver swerved and Mr Shenton eventually lost his grip.

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He called the police, who discovered a large quantity of asbestos sheeting dumped.

Mr Shenton, who lives nearby with wife Emma, said: “There is always fly-tipping in this area. The lane just off Barn Bank is small and it’s easy for people to drive up there and dump rubbish. But this was asbestos sheeting, which is dangerous.

“I got home from work around 6pm and heard all this banging so I went to speak to them. There were three people in the wagon and when they drove towards me I didn’t think about it.

“Two people tried to drag me off but they couldn’t so they ran off. I noticed afterwards there was a transit van with them and I’m not sure how many people were in that.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said officers were called at around 6.15pm on March 24. The spokesman said it was lucky the resident was unhurt.

The spokesman added: “A 37 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and abandoning property on the highway and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.”

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