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Dirty protester Charles Hirons returns to Derby city centre – and ends …

The man who dumped dirt on the steps of Derby Crown Court using a tractor has picked up a ticket two days later after parking it in Derby city centre – so he could buy a kebab from his favourite shop.

Businessman Charles Hirons bought a farm muck spreader and used it to cover the steps of the court, which also houses the county court, with soil on Tuesday. He said his dislike of the legal system was his motive.


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He was arrested by police but part of his bail conditions mean he cannot enter the Morledge, where the court is. However, this is where McTurks is located – his favourite place to buy a kebab.

Mr Hirons said he got a friend to buy it, before they returned and gave it to him. He said: “I came back because I really wanted a kebab. I can’t wait to eat it. I was not going to let my arrest stop me from having one. So, I have got a friend to buy one instead.”

He added: “A lot of people on the Derby Telegraph’s Facebook page were asking me to (dump dirt) outside the Council House but I came here to highlight the fact I don’t have a problem with the council. I have taken on the courts and that’s why I did what I did. I have had big problems with them but I have never had a problem with the council.”

Mr Hirons had recovered his tractor and muck spreader, which had been seized by police on Tuesday. He added: “I’ve had a day of work and travelling and then I wanted my kebab.”


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But, despite not having a problem with the local authority, he was given a £70 ticket for parking his tractor outside the bus stop opposite. He said: “I didn’t really need this. But I’ll have to pay it.”

Mr Hirons said he was left tens of thousands of pounds out of pocket when solicitors firm Walter Scott and Ross closed in 2009. The firm had branches in Ilkeston, Cotmanhay and Long Eaton. And he said his other legal problems include losing a commercial property in a court case.

He claimed he lost the £1.9 million value of the building, plus £100,000 a year in rent.


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