“I guarantee we get tips every week.”

A FARMER who vaccinated suspected flycatchers in Warwickshire says he is “furious” that the problem occurs at least once a week.

Two lorries dumped large piles of rubbish on Maxstock Lane in the Packington area, near Meriden, in what Warwickshire Police described as “one of the worst rollover incidents we have seen for a long time”.

Adam Peaty caught them red-handed and helped block the vehicles from entering until police arrived.

Two men were arrested at the scene and then released while investigations are still ongoing.

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Warwickshire Police said they would question the men who were arrested at the scene

“He was abusing me at first,” Petty recalled, “and then my son came up in a pickup truck behind me and stayed quiet, then he jumped in the truck and tried to turn around.”

The farmer and his son say they chased the perpetrators for about a mile before they were able to stop them with the help of the gamekeeper and his brother.

“Honestly, it makes me angry,” he added.

“I can guarantee we’ll have a tip-over issue at least once a week, whether it’s one trash bag, some tires, drug paraphernalia, a mattress, we get it all.”

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The police cleaned up the mess and confiscated the trucks

While residents say they have noticed a rise in the rate of rollovers in Warwickshire, many urban and rural areas have also been affected.

Between 2022 and 2023, local councils dealt with 1.08 million fly-tipping incidents, a slight 1% decrease on the previous year, latest figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) show.

However, these numbers only show part of the problem, as they relate to public lands.

Any trash dumped on private land becomes a problem for the landowner, who usually has to cover the cost of its removal.

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The police opened an investigation into the incident

Warwickshire Police thanked villagers for their efforts, but urged members of the public not to put themselves in danger, and to contact police instead, as offenders sometimes dispose of hazardous waste.

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