Picture shows farmer’s land destroyed by selfish ‘bottle diggers’

A farmer’s field in Cheshire has been left ‘useless’ following suspected ‘bottle digging.’

Police officers attended the site on Saturday evening (March 6) following reports of males involved in bottle digging.

The force said the suspects had left the farmer’s field by the time officers arrived.

However, the damage left by the suspects covered a ‘large area’ and rendered the field ‘useless.’

Officers said that this is a continuing problem and the images ‘don’t do the sheer size’ of the holes justice.

Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team posted a statement on social media just before 1am Sunday morning (March 7).

They said: “Serious damage – (Criminal Damage).

“One of the incidents we went to this evening was a report of males involved in bottle digging in a farmers field.

“Now this activity quite clearly causes a lot of damage and is normally done in the hours of darkness.

“On this occasion the suspects had left prior to our arrival.

“Some of the holes that have been dug, you could easily stand in and not be seen, and all together they cover a large area.

“The photos quite simply don’t do the sheer size of it justice.

“Sadly despite the farmers best efforts to fill the holes in, and to stop entry to the field, the problem is continuing.

“As you can see, the activity does in fact render the field useless.

“We’re supporting the local beat officers who are looking at the problem, with trying to identify those involved and prevent further criminal damage from taking place.

“Sgt Simpson & PC Kaminski.”

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