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Sefton MP finds remains of illegaly dumped drug farm on quiet country road

SEFTON Central MP Bill Esterson has spoken of his shock after discovering the remnants of a cannabis farm dumped off a quiet country road.

Mr Esterson made the discovery last week while making a site visit to look into reports of illegal flytipping off Holgate, in Thornton, and Back Lane, in Lunt.

Mr Esterson said: "I was contacted by residents who had concerns about illegally dumped rubbish in the country roads between Thornton and Lunt.

“When I visited the scene, I discovered what appears to be discarded drug farm paraphernalia.

“The spot had already been visited by Sefton Council's cleansing team who had left behind a notice to say they had taken away evidence for the investigation into flytipping.

"I have contacted the police to let them know that some of the remnants could be from a drug farm.

“The police may be able to get evidence from it themselves."

Flytipping remains a huge issue for residents living in Thornton and Lunt with huge amounts of rubbish regularly dumped on the rural roads and lanes bordering the two villages.

Little Crosby, Blundellsands and Hightown have also all been targeted in recent months, with council officials concerned that schemes which bar traders from dumping waste without a permit have encouraged businesses to dump rubbish illegally, resulting in an increase in flytipping.

Manor Ward councillor, Steve McGinnity, said he had raised the issue with Sefton Council.

Mr McGinnity said: “I have noticed a sharp increase in incidents of flytipping throughout Sefton in recent months, and it isn't uncommon to see asbestos tiles dumped, or old tyres.

“But this is the first time I have heard of the remnants of a drug farm. That's just a whole new concern altogether.

“Mr Esterson has already raised this with the police and I will be checking with them to see if they have managed to trace the former owners, who may well have a cottage industry on the go here in Sefton producing drugs."

The fly tipping of any waste can carry a fine of up to £50,000 or up to five years in prison.

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