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Wisbech couple left shaken after 40 bags of rubbish are dumped on their driveway

A pensioner couple who had over 40 bags of rubbish dumped on their driveway are threatening to sell their dream retirement home after years of hassle.

Over 40 bags of rubbish were dumped on a pensioner's driveway. (7656574)
Over 40 bags of rubbish were dumped on a pensioner's driveway. (7656574)

Rita Phillips and her disabled husband moved to their home in Redmoor Lane in Wisbech in 2015 after retiring from running their business in Eastbourne.

Since then Rita, who is in her 70s, said they have had nothing but trouble and their hopes of a quiet retirement in Fenland have been ruined.

Rita explained: "When we first moved in we were bombarded with letters and visits from bailiffs looking for the property's previous owner, we have to keep a file by the front door to prove we are not her, and we were always able to reason with the people calling. But this latest incident has left me fuming and also scared of what might happen next."

Over 40 bags of rubbish were dumped on a pensioner's driveway. (7656577)
Over 40 bags of rubbish were dumped on a pensioner's driveway. (7656577)

At around 8.15am on Wednesday a van with a trailer pulled up outside Rita's home and the driver proceeded to dump the 40 plus bags of rubbish and other items on the driveway - the whole incident, which lasted around six minutes - was captured on a nearby property's CCTV camera.

"I didn't see what happened, the first I knew about it was when we went to go out and there was all this rubbish on the drive. Rifling through it I found an old parcel bag with the name of the previous owner and our address on it.

"It looked as if the rubbish had been in storage some where, but the worst of it was the man who dumped it on our driveway was probably the same man who posted on Facebook about someone fly-tipping on his land as he showed an image of the package label. It looks as if he has taken it upon himself to clear it from his land and fly-tip it on our driveway, probably thinking it is our rubbish.

"But we are just innocent people caught in the middle. We are pensioners and my husband is disabled after having a stroke so we had no means of getting rid of the rubbish.

"I contacted Fenland District Council and the police, but neither were particularly helpful or sympathetic. Fenland eventually agreed to remove the rubbish at the cost of £29.50 which I have had to find.

"The man who dumped it on our driveway seems to have got away with it. We feel quite intimidated by his actions and we are seriously considering selling the house after this. I would really like him to come and apologise and at least offer to go halves on the cost of having our driveway cleared. It would also make us feel a little easier about his actions."

A spokesman for Fenland Council explained while the council is responsible for removing fly-tipping from public/council owned land it is the responsibility of private landowners to clear it from their property.

She said: “Although a very unfortunate incident we cannot clear waste from private land free of charge due to the precedent this would set.

“Where incidents of fly-tipping occur on private land the council may be able to prosecute. In this case, enforcement officers visited the property and neighbouring residents to see what evidence was available, and are continuing to investigate. As a council we are very keen to pursue fly-tippers and prosecute where possible, including on private land. You can report fly-tipping online 24/7 at http://www.fenland.gov.uk/flytipping.”

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