A farmer who blocked suspected fly-tippers in Warwickshire says he is “furious” the problem occurs at least once a week.

Two vans dumped large piles of rubbish on Maxstoke Lane, on the Packington Estate, near Meriden, in what Warwickshire Police described as “one of the worst dumps we have seen for a long time”.

Adam Beaty caught them in the act and helped block the vehicles until police arrived.

Two men were detained at the scene and later released while investigations continue.

Rubbish dumped on a rural road

Warwickshire Police have said they will question the men who were arrested at the scene.

“At first he was pretty abusive to me, and then my son came up in a truck behind me and stayed quiet, then he jumped in the truck and tried to turn around to speed up,” Beaty recalled.

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

He added: “To be honest, it makes me furious.

“I can guarantee that at least once a week we will have a fly dumping problem, whether it’s a bag of garbage, some tires, drug paraphernalia, mattresses, we have it all.”

Vans and garbage on a rural road.

Police oversaw the cleanup of the mess and confiscated the vans.

While residents say they have noticed an increase in fly-tipping in Warwickshire, many urban and rural areas have also been affected.

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

However, these figures only show part of the problem, since they refer to public lands.

Any garbage dumped on private land becomes the problem of the landowner, who usually has to cover the cost of cleaning it up.

Police at the flytipping site

Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

Warwickshire Police thanked villagers for their efforts but urged the public not to put themselves at risk and instead call the police as dangerous waste is sometimes disposed of by offenders.

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