A MAN was assaulted and his video camera kicked out of his hand as he recorded a confrontation with two suspected flytippers in Christchurch.
Footage captured by the local victim, who was in his 50s, shows a white van driving down a footpath off Ambury Lane at around 11am on Tuesday, before its occupants apparently unload a haul of rubbish.
Advancing on the vehicle with the camera running, he shouts: “Pick that up! Pick up the stuff you’ve left stuff there. Pick it up! Go back!”
The van reverses before a passenger gets out and walks back to a burnt-out car from which he removes bags and other waste before replacing them in the van.
As the passenger carries another load back to the van, he mouths abuse and kicks out, hitting the camera.
The footage, posted on YouTube by the victim, concludes with images of his broken Panasonic camera and bruised fingers.
Social media users praised his bravery for confronting the pair after the video was shared on Facebook. One person commented: “Top man, well done for standing your ground.”
Another wrote: “He deserves a commendation for his excellent citizenship. Hope that the two men are prosecuted for flytipping and assault.”
The video prompted one Facebook user, Matthew Cheater, to set up an online fundraising page, inviting people to contribute towards the cost of replacing the broken camera.
On the Gofundme webpage he said: “It would be amazing if we could say thank you to [him] for his efforts by raising funds to replace or go towards replacing his video equipment,” he wrote.
On Wednesday afternoon, six donors had helped raise £41 out of a £500 target on the site at https://bit.ly/2Eukdwg
A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: “Enquiries are under way into the incident. No arrests have been made.”
It follows a similar incident in June in which Andrea Good filmed two men with a lorry as she forced them to clear up a pile of rubbish she found them with outside her field in Woodlands, Netley Marsh.
Those with information about Tuesday’s incident should contact police on 101, quoting crime reference number 22:331, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.