A farmer today told of a flytipping nightmare on his land after finding rubbish dumped on his land up to 40 times in a year.
Stephen Wilding, 37, of Croston Road, Farington Moss, Leyland, was born into a farming family and breeds dairy and beef cattle.
He owns and rents various patches of land in the county, but says he and other farmers are plagued by flytippers - with washing machines, sofas, garden waste and concrete among junk he has to deal with.
He claims if he added up the rubbish dumped in a year it could potentially cost £5,000 to shift.
Stephen decided to turn detective to trace the culprits - and says he has confronted people and even dumped rubbish back where it came from.
But a few weeks ago he ended up fined by a court after admitting damaging a fence while throwing a man’s waste back into his garden in Penwortham. The frustrated father-of-two said: “Flytipping has been a problem for years. And it is usually residents in homes backing onto our fields, rather than workers in vans, who are to blame.
“Sometimes its obvious where it came from, such as if someone cut an unusual tree and dumped branches in your garden. When we find the culprit so we ask them to move it. If they don’t we take it back.
“People don’t think when they dump their cuttings my cows could eat it - and whatever they treat it with. Or that if they dump concrete and my £15,000 tractor hits it, it could be written off.
“The police and council don’t have to act if its private land so it’s often left to us to sort out.”