Farmer faces costly cleanup after entire ‘cannabis farm’ dumps on his land
A farmer was left with an expensive bill after fly tippers abandoned a suspected cannabis farm on his land.
Heath Ramsden, who lives in Holmfirth, near Saddleworth, said since August he has been told it is his responsibility to get rid of the dozens of sacks thrown in his fields.
Those suspected of being responsible first surrendered in August and have since returned several times to leave plants, lights, ducts and other equipment used to grow cannabis.
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Mr Ramsden burned the first bags of trash, but when others arrived he enlisted the help of Kirklees council, Yorkshire Live Reports.
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However, he was told that the council would not accept responsibility because the waste – including empty nutrient bins, compost, bulb boxes, fans, ducts and huge metal filters as well as cannabis – were on private land.
This was overlooked by local councilor Nigel Patrick who said residents shouldn’t have to deal with the problem.
He said: “This is criminal and dangerous waste. Cannabis can kill dogs. Yet no one gives advice on what to do with it. It’s shocking.
“The police should take care of it. I am appalled that they are not.
“The biggest problem is where to get rid of it? The owner found out. Does it now become his responsibility to clean it up? “
A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson confirmed that the force had received reports of rubbish dumped on private land in the Holmfirth area “allegedly linked to criminal activity”.
He said investigations were underway to identify those responsible and that reports of the waste dumped that is believed to be crime-related could be given to police by dialing 101.
Kirklees Council, their team had searched the discarded garbage for evidence that would have helped a prosecution, without success.
Environmental boss Coun Naheed Mather said it was a landowner’s responsibility to clean up household garbage and urged people to use registered garbage carriers.
Count Mather added: “The Safer Kirklees team advised the landowner to contact a registered waste hauler. And we’re always ready to work with landowners to provide advice on how to secure potentially vulnerable sites. “
Mr Ramsden said: “It is clear to me that this is a cannabis farm and that someone must have bled themselves.
“At first I thought it was just cannabis plants that they were throwing away, but now we get everything else, all the equipment and the lights.
“They must have made a moonlit flight.
“We had five or six lots dumped on our land. There were a few weeks between the first and the second, then another after a few days. It’s more and more regular.
“We put the first batch in the tractor and burned it. We thought this might be the end.
“The police came, told us it was on private land and there wasn’t much they could do, but people complained because it’s near a public path.
“Last week, three men from the council arrived in a cart and said they would not touch it because it was on private land.
“So the board won’t do anything. It is our responsibility to get rid of it.
“We have already paid £ 120 to have some of it moved. It is not fair.”