A forklift driver flipped a vehicle after an alleged assault at a farm following reports of a dispute over a car blocking a country lane. A parking dispute took an ugly turn when a farmer used his forklift to move a small car out of the path of a driveway. The Sun the vehicle as the horrified motorist looked on had been distracted by day trippers.
The heatwave andin the UK have seen a surge of people visiting the countryside.
And the fed-up farm worker finally flipped when he spotted yet anothernear the entrance to his yard.
He leaped into the cab of his telehandler and drove at the Vauxhall Corsa, shoving it down the lane towards the main road as stunned onlookers video the fracas.
Footage of the shocking incident – showing a shirtless man kicking out in a vain attempt to stop the farmer – went viral with millions of views.
The car gets pushed out onto the road leaving broken glass and other debris behind.
And as the farmer reverses at speed toto his yard, the spikes at the front of his machine slam into the man, knocking him to the ground.
Cops are now investigating counterclaims of assault and criminal damage.
The violent confrontation happened at 5.45 pm on the track leading to Brockersgill Farm, Newbiggin, County Durham, run by Robert Hooper, 57.
He refused to discuss the incident yesterday, telling The Sun: “Leave my property.
But a female relative later explained thathad been left at the end of their rope with day-trippers flooding into the area. She said: “Before the incident that was caught on camera, there was an assault on someone from the farm, but of course, that was not filmed.
“These people parked their car on the drive to the farm and were asked numerous times, very politely, to move.
“The outcome was what happened and what every one has seen, but there was much before that.
“Locals here are sick of youths coming into the area in cars.
- “Cars were raced along the , which was extremely dangerous.”
- She declined to the forklift at the time of the incident and added: “It is a criminal matter now, so I’m not saying anything more.”
- But a pal of the motorist said he had only been there a short while after pulling over following a minor collision.
- The friend said: “There was a bit of a bump before that, and he moved the car out of the way. Within two minutes, the farmer has come over and gone crazy.”
- the incident.
- A spokeswoman for Durham Police said: “We were alerted to in the Teesdale area shortly after 5.45 pm on June 5.
- “Officers attended the s, scene, and an investigation into the circumstances is ongoing.
- This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission.