An investigation is underway to  try and find the perpetrators of a 'nightmare' fly tip in Bolton

The tip was at the junction of Back Dijon Street and Back Willows Lane South in Deane, on a patch of land where a workshop used to stand. 

The rubbish, which included a shopping trolley, dog poo, a builders merchant bag and multiple bin bags - stood a couple of feet deep.

Now, it has been cleared, and Bolton Council are investigating to find the people responsible for it. 

The Bolton News: The cleared patch of landThe cleared patch of land (Image: Newsquest)

Resident and Green Party candidate for Rumworth, Alan Johnson, contacted the council multiple times about the issue. 

He said: "After many months of lobbying the council, emailing them every week, sometimes twice, it has happened now. 

"On Friday last week it was cleared. I kept on and on and on. I think I shook them into doing something eventually. 

"It got worse after the first Bolton News story on it in early January. 

The Bolton News: A dumped coffee cupA dumped coffee cup (Image: Newsquest)

"They said they were supposed to be coming up that week and they did." 

He added: "For the people who have to live in the area, they are not the ones who will be fly tipping. 

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"What I want the council to do now is enforce it. But also to educate people about recycling, so they will use the bins properly. 

"I accept they have cutbacks in funding from the Government, that that is what they are faced with. 

The Bolton News: Alan JohnsonAlan Johnson (Image: Newsquest)

"Going back five years, this area was never like this. In the 60s, 70s and 80s it was quite a respectable area." 

Mr Johnson added that leaving the site as it currently is, fly tipping "is going to happen again". 

He said he would like for CCTV to be installed in efforts to prevent it happening, but isn't sure that is likely. 

He added: "If we can't do that, then can we not erect a fence that would deter people. 

The Bolton News: The fly tipThe fly tip (Image: Newsquest)

"It wouldn't make it as easy access for people." 

A spokesperson for Bolton Council said: “Council officers cleared the land at the junction of Back Willows Lane South and Back Dijon Street on Friday 23 February.  

“There are investigations ongoing to identify perpetrators, and the site is being regularly monitored. 

“When identified, offenders could face a Fixed Penalty Notice, or prosecution depending on the severity of the incident.”