Farmer in disbelief after 500 tyres fly-tipped on land in Milden
A farmer has been left in disbelief after hundreds of tyres were fly-tipped on his site in broad daylight.
A motorist claimed she witnessed a lorry pull on to the site at Milden Hall Farm and empty its load of around 500 tyres on Friday, January 11, at around 11am.
“It was a complete shock,” said Christopher Hawkins, who returned to his farm in Milden to find the discarded load.
A motorist spotted a lorry reverse with a full load of tyres, which were subsequently dumped at the site, next to the sugar beet pad.
Mr Hawkins and wife Juliet are now concerned that they will be saddled with the bill to remove the waste.
“We don’t want to pay to have them disposed of,” he said. “It’s an industrial crime, it’s not a domestic one, and I’m still rather shocked.”
A similar incident took place three years ago, when around 80 tyres were dumped on the farm, which has left Mr Hawkins sceptical that the culprit responsible for the latest incident will be caught and brought to justice.
“I somehow doubt it,” he said. “If the number plate wasn’t seen, then it’s going to be very difficult to find out who was responsible.”
Mr Hawkins believes the crime was committed by an opportunist on the B1115 between Monks Eleigh and Milden.
Last month, during a public meeting, dozens of farmers were warned that rural crime was becoming an increasing problem across the county.
“I think people are prepared to take more risks now,” said Mr Hawkins. “It’s probably because there’s less local knowledge than there used to be.”
Anyone with information relating to the incident should call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 12012019-308. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.