The boss of a Leeds funeral home has spoken of his disgust after flytippers left the business buried under the remains of a cannabis farm.
Staff at WM Dodgson, in Harehills, arrived at work to find dozens of sacks of fertiliser, growing equipment and plant remnants dumped in the car park.
Manager Kevin Moxon said: “It’s a disgrace that someone feels they can dump all this stuff outside a funeral home, when there are people coming here to pay their respects to their loved ones.”
The incident happened after staff left the Lupton Avenue home on Tuesday night.
When they arrived the following morning there were about “60 to 70” black bin liners full of what looked like soil and roots and another several others containing venting equipment, growing compound and liquid fertiliser.
Mr Moxon said: “There were also some leaves that were clearly cannabis.
“A couple of PCSOs came to see us and they had a look and said it was definitely cannabis-related.
“They said that people rent houses to do this sort of thing and they might have got wind that they were in trouble and just wanted to get rid of it.”
Despite the fact the items were flytipped at the business, Mr Moxon has been told by Leeds City Council it will not remove them as it is private land.
Police say the products are of no “evidential” value.
Mr Moxon, a former North Yorkshire Police officer, said: “I didn’t just want to dispose of it somewhere, because technically someone else could use it to grow cannabis.”
Insp Mark Wheeler, of inner east Leeds neighbourhood police, said: “Police were made aware of the disposal of around 30 bags of this material on private land.
“A PCSO attended and inspected the bags to assess if there was anything which police needed to seize as evidence. The bags were judged to contain soil and nothing of any evidential value so the property owner was advised they could be disposed of.”
Coun Mark Dobson, executive member for communities, added: “Our environmental enforcement team have been informed of this flytipping. However, as the flytipping is on private land, it is the land owner’s responsibility to have the waste removed.
“Flytipping is a blight on our environment and can be especially distressing in a residential area. We will prosecute anyone responsible for flytipping, and seek the strongest penalties in court.”