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London homeowner to sue neighbour for ‘revenge’ fly-tipping

A homeowner has denied throwing junk onto his neighbour’s land and is threatening to take legal action against them after they tossed tons of rubbish back over their shared fence.  

Frustrated property developer Cliff Hamilton took revenge on his neighbour he accused of flytipping when he chucked it all back over the garden wall.

But Gurvinder Singh Luthra says he is innocent and is now suing Mr Hamilton as their bitter row over who is responsible for the pile of unsightly debris escalates.

The extraordinary dispute broke out last Friday when Mr Hamilton and his workmen entered their plot on the Bath Road in Hounslow, west London, and started hurling items over the fence which he says had been fly tipped by his neighbour.

Mr Hamilton, who bought the land for £220,000 in April and plans to build a house on it, said he was sent an anonymous letter claiming that a pile of rubbish on the plot had been thrown over the garden wall by Mr Singh Luthra and his son, who are building a huge extension on the rear of their home.

Incredible footage showed the landowner, who lives on a £2.5million farm in Shepperton, Surrey, hurling the debris, including a television set, into Mr Singh Luthra’s garden.

However, 68-year-old Mr Singh Luthra hit back this morning and said: ‘I don’t know where the rubbish came from. It doesn’t belong to us, I know that.

‘The land has been empty since 2013 when a gas blast killed two people and destroyed the houses that had been there.’  

‘We are the closest neighbours to the land and have always looked after it. We have been like the custodians even though we didn’t own the land. Recently, the council auctioned the plot off and it was bought by a developer.

‘But because it is empty at the moment it’s a known spot for fly tipping.

‘Last month someone turned up in a white van, broke the locks to the front gate and dumped a load of rubbish.

‘We called the police and reported it.

‘The guesthouse behind the land has recently been refurbished and they have had building work done. Why could it not have been them?

‘We are being blamed – but it’s not us. All we’ve tried to do is stop the land from being littered.’

The land owned by Mr Hamilton has been empty for the last seven years when three houses which previously stood on the site were destroyed in a gas blast.

Two people, Suhail Akhtar and Dorota Kolasinska, were killed when a tree fell on a gas mains outside one of the homes during Storm St Jude on October 28, 2013.

The confrontation between the neighbours was caught on film.

It shows workmen throwing items over a brick wall onto Mr Singh Luthra’s property as Mr Hamilton shouts ‘You are an irresponsible next door neighbour who’s getting it all back!’

He is seen being challenged by Mr Singh Luthra’s son, 37-year-old Armenderpaul, who was working on the family’s extension at the time.

Police are later called and attempt to keep the peace.

Mr Singh Luthra said at the time of the dispute he was on his way to hospital.

He continued: ‘I was on my way into central London to have kidney dialysis when my daughter called me.

‘She was upset and said the builders next door were hurling a load of rubbish into our garden. I told her to call the police.

‘I then turned round and drove home and arrived back 15-minutes later. The officers had already turned up.

‘There was a man there, who could be Mr Hamilton, I don’t know, who was shouting that we had thrown the waste onto his land and he was sending it back over.

‘But we’ve done nothing wrong, that’s not our rubbish.

‘I’m now launching legal proceedings against Mr Hamilton and his company for what he’s done and for what he’s accused is of doing!’

Armenderpaul was handcuffed by police and led away during the argument with workmen but was released shortly afterwards.

He said: ‘I was telling the officers that I was going to throw everything back over after they’d gone because that rubbish had nothing to do with us.

‘That’s why they handcuffed me and took me away from the workmen.

‘The builders shouldn’t have thrown those items over, some of the objects hit me and left marks on my arm.’

Armenderpaul, who runs several construction companies from the family home, added that they’d ‘returned’ the items after police and workmen had gone.

His father has also now complained to the Metropolitan Police about the officers’ treatment of his son.

Explaining his actions, Mr Hamilton, a director of property developers Fanning Ltd, said: ‘I was made aware by an anonymous person that large volumes of rubbish were being dumped in the rear of the site, which is fenced on all sides.

‘My reason for delivering the stuff back in the manner I did is because I have no faith in either Environmental Health or the police in resolving any of these matters even when there is evidence on the ground in the bags and a photograph of a vehicle on the site.

‘I am reaching the end of my tether with people dumping rubbish everywhere because they are either too lazy or wish to save their money.

‘I intend to speak to my neighbour via my lawyers and offer him the opportunity to pay for the clearance of the rubbish prior to taking any legal action.’

This afternoon two members of staff who work at the Imperial Guesthouse in Hounslow, which borders the land owned by Mr Hamilton and Mr Singh Luthra, told how they had watched the argument erupt on Friday afternoon.

One, who asked not to be named said: ‘The owners of the house had been throwing stuff onto the vacant land next door all last week.

‘They are building an extension but don’t have a skip and a lot of items were being thrown over the wall. That’s what started the argument in the first place.’ 

Mr Hamilton accused his neighbour of being the culprit as ‘the rubbish could not have come from any other place’.

‘None of the overgrown plot was trampled down,’ he said. ‘I was sent photos of the neighbours in my garden treading down the rubbish’.

On August 14 he marched to the plot with builders and hurled the abandoned household items over the brick wall – to the horror of his neighbours. 

Video shows Mr Hamilton and builder friends slinging the rubbish out of their plot and into their neighbours’ garden.

An irate woman wearing a white cardigan can be seen stomping into view and shouting: ‘What are you doing?!’

‘We’re giving you back everything that you put over our wall,’ replies Mr Hamilton.

The woman is joined by a man who launches a tirade at Mr Hamilton and his friends as they continue to ‘return’ the rubbish.

‘You are an irresponsible next door neighbour who’s getting it all back!,’ shouts Mr Hamilton. The angry neighbours rung the police for support. But the man started shouting at them. 

Mr Hamilton later said: ‘The law of this country needs reviewing with regard to dumping of materials on anybody’s land illegally. 

‘I would like to thank the police for their actions on the day and can only apologise for the behaviour of my neighbours towards the police officers who were entirely professional.’

Filings with Companies House show at least five companies have been registered to the neighbours address, including Central London Property Maintenance Ltd, Central London Sales & Letting Management Ltd and Handmade Sushi Ltd.

Accounts for the first business reveal it is dormant with cash at the bank of £1, while the second business was only incorporated on August 2 this year.

The Met police have been contacted for comment.

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