Moment woman confronts three fly-tippers caught dumping building waste at Devon beauty spot and shames them into loading it back onto their lorry 

  • Three men were caught red-handed emptying debris down a quiet country lane
  • Neighbour Ella ‘ran through them’ filming and taking pictures of the suspects
  • She also grabbed the keys to their van, threatening to call the police on them

This is the moment a quick-thinking woman confronts three fly-tippers dumping building waste at a Devon beauty spot, before forcing them to load it back onto their lorry.

The men were caught red-handed as they emptied the debris and materials down a quiet country lane on the Ugbrooke estate by a neighbour who was putting her chickens away. 

Ella, 29, who did not to give her surname, said she ‘ran through them’ filming and taking pictures and said they were so shocked they didn’t know what to do.

In the footage, Ella can be heard telling the group ‘you lads better be picking that up’ before taking the keys out of their truck and threatening to call the police. 

The three men were caught red-handed as they emptied the debris and materials down a quiet country lane on the Ugbrooke estate by a neighbour who was putting her chickens away

She 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.

‘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 with some of his friends. The police were also called and arrived a short time later.

She spoke to the men who were leaving the items, 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.

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


Ella said: ‘There was all this rubbish everywhere – they must have unhitched the trailer to use the van to tip out all the rubbish’


Devon and Cornwall Police said: ‘Police responded to reports of three men fly-tipping at a site near Chudleigh soon after 8pm, on Thursday 15 April. Three men have been reported for the incident’

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.

‘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.’

Police told Ella it’s 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.

‘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 said: ‘Police responded to reports of three men fly-tipping at a site near Chudleigh soon after 8pm, on Thursday 15 April.

‘Three men have been reported for the incident.’

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