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Flytippers destroy caravan and dump it at Cotswold Water Park car park

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 12, 2013

EYESORE:  The  caravan left dumped in the Cotswold Water Park; above inset, rubbish spills out of the vehicle

EYESORE: The caravan left dumped in the Cotswold Water Park

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STAFF at the Cotswold Water Park have been left stunned by one of the worst cases of fly-tipping after a caravan full of rubbish was dumped at the beauty spot.

Fly-tippers destroyed a height barrier when they towed the caravan into the Waterhay Car Park, near Ashton Keynes.

The caravan was ripped in half as it smashed through the barrier, with the bottom half left at the entrance and the top half dragged into the car park itself.

After blocking the entrance to the car park, the fly-tippers sawed down gateposts to make their escape.

Residents found the caravan, which was full of household waste.

A spokeswoman for the Cotswold Water Park Trust said this was "one of the worst recorded incidents" of fly-tipping at the site.

After the initial shock of the discovery, the community banded together to restore the car park to its previous condition within just a day of the incident happening.

The spokeswoman added: "Thankfully, within 24 hours the Cotswold Water Park ranger team, assisted by farmers Richard Rummings, and Nick and Chris Freeth, along with mechanic Matt Freeth, had totally cleared the site, fixed the entrance and height barriers, and reopened the car park."

Wiltshire police officers are investigating the fly-tipping incident.

The car park is a popular starting point for bird watchers, horse riders, cyclists and walkers who are accessing the Thames path and the many lakes in the area.

Last year, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust had to deal with a number of fly-tipping offences around Ashton Keynes.

This included an incident where 50 tyres were dumped at a nature reserve.

Old chemical drums have also been fly-tipped in the area.

Fly-tipping incidents at the Cotswold Water Park over the years have also included alcohol containers being dumped by revellers.

In 2010, park staff had to clean up more than 100 beer cans, bottles and food packages after a rave near the Cleveland Lakes nature reserve.

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  • localben  |  February 13 2013, 12:31AM

    Now I wonder where that came from? On an unrelated note, there's loads of space in that car park... probably about Four Acres! (*nudge nudge* *wink wink*)

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  • Jewbacca  |  February 12 2013, 2:26PM

    2dooks - install adblock, you'll never see another advert on this site again!

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  • DEvans  |  February 12 2013, 12:11PM

    haha there are plenty of old caravan parks around there - it could have been anyone!!

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  • 2dooks  |  February 12 2013, 12:08PM

    Hopefully the culprits can be traced by the "household waste" within the caravan!

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  • 2dooks  |  February 12 2013, 12:02PM

    TiG - Why have you set the website so that comments are obscured by advertisements?? Matt1006 makes sensible comments and I would like to be able to read them please!

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  • Bill_Flaps  |  February 12 2013, 11:45AM

    Hmmmm...a caravan full of rubbish? How did they TRAVEL to this site?

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  • Matt1006  |  February 12 2013, 9:05AM

    Another regurgitated story, from the previous day. Why do you do this, TiG?

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