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Swaffham Rugby Club frustrated by fly-tippers

16:49 16 May 2014

Swaffham Rugby club has had a five loads of fly tipping on its grounds - Club chairman Ian Milligan with one of the piles of rubbish. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Swaffham Rugby club has had a five loads of fly tipping on its grounds - Club chairman Ian Milligan with one of the piles of rubbish. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Rugby club officials have been left frustrated after five loads of rubbish - including the best part of a kitchen - were dumped at their home ground.

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The fly-tipped waste was discovered at Swaffham Rugby Club last Wednesday when the club hosted an event with pupils from Nicholas Hamond Academy.

As the rubbish was left on private land, the club has been told by Breckland Council it has to stump up the cash to have it removed itself.

The North Pickenham ground is currently used as a cut-through by dog walkers and people walking to the town - but club bosses said they may have to close off all access.

Club chairman Ian Milligan said: “We are trying to provide a facility where people can come and be healthy and someone is doing that. It’s bad enough that we have had people walking their dogs and allowing them to foul on the pitches. We are going to get into the realm of securing the entire site, which is unfortunate and will be another bit of green space lost to the community.”

It is believed the rubbish was carried onto the site, as there is no vehicular access.

The waste was discovered during an event which saw 10 pupils from Nicholas Hamond Academy join its Colts team to play against a team from Fakenham. It is not yet known how much it will cost the club to have the waste removed.

Furthermore, the club is still awaiting £843 in compensation relating to a break-in back in January 2013.

Mr Milligan added: “We’ve been a victim of a break-in and we’ve had to pay for it and now we’re a victim of fly-tipping and we’ve got to pay for it. It’s frustrating.”

A Breckland Council spokesman confirmed they would not collect fly-tipped rubbish from privately-owned land. A Norfolk police spokesman said the neighbourhood policing team will step up patrols in the area.

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