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Maidstone: Resident films his confrontation with two men allegedly dumping a fridge-freezer

By David Gazet

An enraged resident filmed his confrontation of two alleged fly-tippers after catching them unloading a fridge-freezer from their car near Maidstone.

The video, which has been watched more than 300,000 times, appears to show Doug Salih giving the two men a piece of his mind after spotting them on the A229 Maidstone Road.

Mr Salih accuses the men of intending to leave the kitchen appliance in a field opposite his home.

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Doug Salih's video of his confrontation has been watched over 300,000 times
Doug Salih's video of his confrontation has been watched over 300,000 times

One of the men denies this, saying he was going to see some friends.

Mr Salih said: "You are fly-tipping. You were going to put it over there weren't you?

"We pay council tax we do and people like you dump things. This is wrong. Put it back in your ******* car.

"You are no good. You are no good. You are fly tipping. That's my house, on the field with the rest of the rubbish over there. We are fed up with it. You must pay, not [waste] taxpayers' money."

After the exchange, in which the men insist they haven't done anything wrong, they are seen loading the fridge back into the car.

Hundreds of people have commented on the video, many supporting Mr Salih's no-nonsense approach. Others said current rules don't make it easy for people to dispose of rubbish.

Danielle Seager said: "A massive pat on the back to you is needed, well done. Let's keep Kent beautiful."

Video: Angry resident confronts 'fly-tippers'

Kurtis Cyprien, added: "Well done on catching him and getting to put it back in his car and take it away.

"Send your video to the police and let them deal with it."

Luisa Pupin was more pragmatic. She said: "If the councils didn't charge extortionate fees to remove white goods and other similar waste then more people would use their service. The borough next to mine does free removals but my borough charged £60 upwards!"

A spokesman for Kent Police said: "We were called to a reported incident of fly tipping on 14 March, 2017 at around 4.30pm, in Maidstone Road, Staplehurst.

"There have been no arrests and any subsequent investigation will be dealt with by the local authority."

Figures show there's been a rise in cases of flytipping in Kent since 2013.

Councils dealt with almost 20,000 incidents of dumped rubbish in the past 12 months - a rise of around 3,000 compared to three years earlier.

Flytipping can result in a fine of up to £50,000 and a sixth-month prison sentence.

"If taken to crown court the perpetrators can face an unlimited fine and in the case of dangerous materials like asbestos, a prison sentence of up to five years."

A spokesman for Maidstone Borough Council said:"We are aware of the content of this video and are currently looking into the incident.

"If anyone has any further information please email Martyn Jeynes, Environmental Enforcement Manager, martynjeynes@maidstone.gov.uk."

Information about how to dispose of bulky waste and other items can be found at www.maidstone.gov.uk.

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