Farmer vows to prosecute beauty spot flytipper
A FARMER is vowing to take a flytipper to court after rubbish was dumped on his land at a north Dorset beauty spot.
Justin Langham said one load of waste was dumped on a field at Bulbarrow hours after a crop was baled.
A second load appeared next to it two nights later.
Mr Langham said: "This is going to cost thousands of pounds to get cleared up - and as it stands I have to pay because it's on private land.
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"The law is wrong in that this is not seen as a criminal offence so the police won't act.
"But I am going to do all I can to find out who did this and I'll take them to court myself.
"It beggars belief that people can flytip on someone else's land leaving the owner to pay the bill.
"I'm going to find out who did it and then I'll take legal action myself."
Mr Langham was speaking days after a farmer from Hammoon was also the victim of a flytipper. At both sites most of the rubbish was builders' waste.
As reported in the Blackmore Vale Magazine last week, Calum Sutherland tracked down the source of the rubbish at Hammoon to Tops Day Nurseries' premises in Sturminster Newton where building work had been carried out.
He then contacted the builder who sent the young man who had been sub-contracted to get rid of the waste back to the site to clear it away.
Mr Langham said: "This isn't the first time I found rubbish dumped on my land.
"Beauty spots seem to attract rubbish. But this lot is huge.
"There's glass and metal, old carpet, toys, mirrors - general builders' waste mostly."
Mr Langham was concerned that farm machinery could be damaged or that animals, which use that field some years for grazing, would be injured.
The first load was left between 10.30pm on 28th August when baling finished and 7am the next morning when a neighbouring farmer saw it and informed Mr Langham.
The second lot was left two nights later.
Mr Langham has reported both incidents to the police.
Waste was tipped on land at East Farm where Mr Sutherland is assistant manager, early on 27th August.
A spokeswoman for Tops Day Nurseries said: "We are currently carrying out a small renovation to our nursery in Sturminster Newton.
"We contracted the renovation work to external builders in good faith and we were shocked to hear that flytipping had taken place.
"We understand that a small amount of waste was not disposed of appropriately and was flytipped on local land.
"We were very disappointed that our builder's sub-contractor let us down.
"We are very pleased to hear that the situation has now been rectified.
"The situation is of particular concern as we have had a skip outside our nursery throughout the building work which could have been used to remove the waste."
She added: "After talking to Mr Langham we are sure it is not waste from our nursery in Sturminster Newton."
A Dorset County Council spokesman said councils only have power to remove and investigate fly-tipping on public land. Fly-tipping on private land is the landowner's responsibility.
Fly-tipping in Dorset can be reported by calling 01305 221040 or through the www.dorsetforyou.com website.