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Tractor dumps muck outside Derby Crown Court

Tractor dumps muck outside Derby Crown Court
Image caption A 49-year-old was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage

A man has been arrested and bailed after muck was spread across the steps of Derby Crown Court.

A tractor pulled up outside the building, in Morledge, at 07:10 GMT and deposited the dirt, police said.

A note left inside the abandoned vehicle said the action was a "personal protest against the severely flawed judicial system".

The 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and later released on bail.

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Image caption A note was left inside the abandoned vehicle
Image caption Derbyshire Constabulary said it received a call from a passer-by at 07:10 GMT that the tractor had sprayed muck outside the courthouse

The note left in the tractor read: "What a shame to have to resort to this, today is a personal protest against the severely flawed judicial system that has consistently failed to listen to simple truth and reason.

"Sorry for any inconvenience caused (to the general public)."

BBC Radio Derby reporter Nigel Cash said: "The pile immediately behind the trailer is probably a couple of feet high and couple of feet wide.

"It looks as if whoever has dumped it there may have deliberately spread it out."

Image caption The tractor and spreader have been taken away

Police removed the tractor and spreader after a few hours.

They said the man was bailed while their investigation continues and they "consult with the Crown Prosecution Service".

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information has been asked to contact the force.

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