THE clean-up of a 20 tonnes of illegal rubbish dump will cost more than £1,000.

Flytippers used bolt-cutters to break off a padlock securing a farmer’s entrance to a dirt track on land close to Delph Hill Reservoir, Belmont, off Blackburn Road.

It is believed flytippers then reversed their van 100 metres up the track off Stones Bank Road before dumping two loads of rubbish.

The huge pile, which has been cleared by United Utilities, contained asbestos and rubble from a demolition site as well as cardboard rolls and material.

A United Utilities spokesman said: “We are working with Blackburn with Darwen Council to investigate this incident and we believe there may be an indication of who it was.

“It is a very dangerous practice and something we thoroughly condemn.”

The illegal rubbish tip appeared last weekend and was investigated by Blackburn with Darwen Council environmental crime officer Richard Waters.

Mr Waters said it was not uncommon for larger loads to be dumped out in the countryside, away from street lighting and CCTV.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Blackburn with Darwen Council on 01254 585585.