The incident happened during an otherwise peacefull protest outside a closed 'public' consultation organised by Cornwall County Council to push through its policy of 1 massive incinerator to burn all of Cornwall's rubbish.
Around 80 people connected with the Mid Cornwall China Clay district gathered outside the meeting, angry that the Lib Dem Council continues to push through its policy despite Cornwall wide opposition. The protestors had learned that the Sita rep would be present at the meeting and were eager to finally be allowed to ask him some questions. However after learning of the demonstrators outside, 'consultation' organisors called the police. When participants at the meeting finally emerged the Sita rep refused to speak to anyone and got angry when locals physically blocked his car, preventing him from leaving. Whilst the police were asking protestors to kindly disperse, the Sita rep drove into demonstrators, wounding two. Interestingly, he was not arrested, and neither were the injured offered medical attention.
Local people are angry. They put up with the china clay companies residues polluting local villages, contributing to an abnormally high incidence of respiritory disorders, and they put up with the continued dumping and expansion of waste associated with the industry forming more of the regions characteristic 'sand burrows'. They even put up with the electricity substation not far away. But they will not tolerate a massive waste plant that Cornwall does not need and will be unnecesary as more people continue to reduce, reuse and recycle. Neither will they allow the privatisation of Cornwalls waste management to a company that cares so little about the communities it works with that it's representatives run over opposition campaigners with their cars.