Fly-tippers have dumped a load of waste in a beautiful meadow near Market Harborough
The offenders have tipped a pile of building rubbish in a fenced-off copse in the remote strip of countryside between Market Harborough and Lubenham.
They have piled up tarpaulins, plastic sheets, wood, metal frames, rusty containers and even an old dog basket in the local beauty spot.
The culprits have also dumped a mountain of hardcore materials and soil in a far corner of the meadow just feet from a trail popular with dog-walkers and runners leading from Market Harborough to Lubenham.
Environmental campaigner Peter Pollak, 75, of Farndon Fields, Market Harborough, said: “This is disgusting.
“The brazen fly-tippers have obviously used a truck to dump all of this ugly rubbish in this precious outdoors space.
“And it will have taken several journeys and a lot of time and effort to carry it all over.”
The Open Spaces Society correspondent for Harborough added: “What makes these eco-criminals think they have the right to wreck and destroy our magnificent countryside?
“We all have to fight as hard as we can to protect our environment – our fields, woods and meadows,” said lifelong walker and nature lover Peter.
“I just hope the council manages to track down and punish the idiots who did this.
“They are ecological vandals - and this destruction of our priceless countryside has got to be stopped.”
A Harborough District Council spokesman said they have now urged the meadow’s landowner to remove all the rubbish after being alerted to the problem by the Harborough Mail.