A farmer, fed up with garbage being dumped on his land, decided to confront the person whose name was on documents in the garbage.
When Clive Bailye, 49, spotted rubbish on his farm near Lichfield, Staffordshire on Thursday, he decided to take matters into his own hands.
Clive, who regularly has to remove aircraft debris from his land, became a detective and found letters addressed to Cllr Tom Loughbrough-Rudd among the trash.
He then filmed himself returning the trash to the address on the letters, just half a mile from his farm.
Mr Loughbrough-Rudd, an Independent who sits on Staffordshire County Council, was at the property when Clive showed up with the three bags of rubbish.
Footage of the incident can be heard Clive telling Mr Loughbrough-Rudd: “We are bringing back rubbish that has been left in the field and dumped on the road.
‘It says your name and address, so we brought everything back. It’s all yours.’
However, Mr Loughbrough-Rudd denies fly tipping and says the waste should be disposed of by a third party who has been paid to dispose of it properly.
Clive, who runs TWB Farms, said one of his employees found the trash on the farm and brought it back to him.
He said it wasn’t the first time he’d attempted to return flytipped litter to its owner.
“It’s very stupid. The pocket was full of SIM cards, it was full of pay-as-go SIM cards. Which is odd,’ added Clive.
“We get a lot of fly tipping.
“We’re trying to find out who it was because people leave their letters in the trash with the address.
“The address was next to the field, so we took it to them.”
Clive said rubbish is regularly dumped on his land.
“We had another incident the day after that where an entire transit van worth overturned in our driveway,” he added.
“We have to clean it up ourselves, we have to get a container to dispose of it. We once sunk an entire sailboat on our land.
“Farmers across the country are becoming the country’s unpaid garbage collectors, so to speak.”
Mr Loughborough-Rudd denies the tip and said he explained the situation to Clive.
“I didn’t throw out the garbage,” he said.
“My ex-partner paid someone to take out rubbish, but it got dumped in a field.
“It had a letter addressed to me from a cell phone company which was the sim I gave my partner when we were together from February meaning it must have been there for some time and other stuff from members this household which I will not reveal.
“I was staying with my ex-partner collecting some belongings when the farmer arrived.
‘I explained that to him.’
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