Two workmen have parked their van down a country lane to block alleged fly-tippers in until the police came.
Callum Chase, 25, and his brother Connor, 23, were working as tree surgeons when they came across the alleged fly-tippers dumping old furniture in a lane in Kensworth, Buckinghamshire.
They confronted them and enlisted the help of colleagues to block the tippers from leaving the road.
Callum said: "The first hour was almost a constant argument with the men, about why they couldn't be fly-tipping and not realising at all why they were doing something wrong.
"We'd say, 'no you are not allowed to do that', and they'd reply, 'But there is rubbish already here' - there were beer bottles, bags, etc.
"They kept saying they didn't do it all, only the mattresses and the chair.
"Then my brother Connor rang Duncan up - he doesn't like fly-tippers. He would know a bit more about what to do.
"Meanwhile, one of the men, who was in the van, panicked, and started reversing, but my brother was leaning against the van to stop it.
"The younger man knew there wasn't much choice, so shouted at the one in the van to stop him driving.
"Duncan turned up about ten to 15 minutes later - none of us wanted to walk away so he pulled up and parked his van straight behind theirs."
Duncan Tomblin, Callum's boss, was on the site quickly to help his two employees to block the fly tippers in.
After a while, the tree surgeons, Frank, and a fifth workmen who had been passing by entered into 'peaceful negotiations' with the three men, and persuaded them to load the mattresses and chairs back into their van.
The three men got back into the van, which the tree surgeons think was hired, and sat inside until the police arrived.
Duncan, 44, said: "When the police turned up I thought they would seize the vehicle and arrest the three guys.
"I got really frustrated, as the police wouldn't take their van away. If there's no deterrent, people will carry on fly-tipping.
"I wouldn't recommend doing what we did; there's safety in numbers but before I have been threatened when I've seen fly-tipping - people say they will 'kill you' or 'ram you off the road'."
A spokesman for Central Bedfordshire Council said: "We are aware of this fly-tipping incident.
"We have received a statement from the police who attended the scene and have identified the driver of the vehicle.
"We will be collecting further statements from both the driver, passenger and witnesses. If there is enough evidence a file will be submitted to our legal team."
Bedfordshire Police spokesman confirmed: "We were called to reports of inconsiderate behaviour in Land Park Lane, Kensworth at around 6.15pm on Wednesday, May 9. Three men were reportedly fly-tipping and were confronted by a number of members of the public."
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