MailOnline revealed that a person who used a digger to flip over a car left parked on his property was a farmer who was fed up with being insulted by “anti-social thugs.”
Dramatic footage shows a man overturning a silver Vauxhall hatchback with a telehandler before carrying it away and bundling it out onto the road.
On video, a shirtless man is seen kicking the tractor as the car is towed away from a gate it was obstructing at Robert Hooper’s farm in Barnard Castle, County Durham. However, it is unclear who was driving the tractor.
The footage was shared on Snapchat by a man named Elliott Johnson, who captioned it with a joke about the hatchback being his “courtesy car.”
However, it is unclear whether he was the shirtless man depicted in the film, and there is no evidence that he engaged in anti-social behavior.
Mark Nicholson, a friend, said the farmer had been “driven mad by these lot.” Their anti-social behavior had left him at “the end of his tether.”
Before pulling it along the country lane, Mr Hooper can be seen checking to see if any other vehicles are approaching.
MailOnline received information from a source that: “The lads had parked their car onto his drive. He asked them to move but they didn’t seem to want to obey.
“He had no choice but to take matters into his own hands and remove the ruffians from his property himself.”
Durham Constabulary stated that they rushed to the location just after 5 p.m. on Saturday.
“We were alerted to reports of an incident at a farm in the Teesdale area shortly after 5.45 p.m. on June 5,” a police spokesman told MailOnline. “Officers attended the scene and an investigation into the circumstances is ongoing,” he added.
The farmer may have been the victim of repeated anti-social behavior, as per new claims. In addition, the youths were accused of setting fires on his property and causing property damage.
Dairy farmer Mark Nicholson said: “A lot more to this story, he’s a friend of a colleague, he’s been driven mad by these lot, starting fires, pushing walls over just to name a few things, not saying it’s right but they pushed him to the end of his tether.”
Jeremy Vine, the host of BBC Radio 2, tweeted the footage, saying, “Driver has blocked farm gate with his car.
“Motorist has smartphone. Farmer has forklift. Who’s gonna win this one?”
Mary Harris joked: ‘” love the way the farmer looks right to check no oncoming vehicles before pulling out.”
Mike Hillen said: ‘There was an easier solution to this; farmer should have chained and padlocked his gate closed.
Thomas Williams added: “As satisfying as it is to see someone who is clearly pondlife get his just desserts.”
However, the farmer’s actions continued to divide opinions.