Criminals are blighting the countryside in North Yorkshire by flytipping the waste products of cannabis farms.
North Yorkshire Police is increasing patrols and urging victims to come forward as part of an operation to clamp down on the issue.
The force is working closely with local authorities to deal with the illegal dumping of waste associated with cannabis production which can include lamps, wiring, air filters, tubs of fertiliser and dead plants.
Criminals have been abandoning the remains of cannabis farms in rural areas across the county, leaving local authorities and landowners to foot the bill and clear up their mess.
Earlier this year, police surveyed more than 75 farmers and landowners in North Yorkshire about fly-tipping – 10 of whom reported having cannabis waste dumped on their land within the last 12 months.
One said the remains of cannabis farms were being fly-tipped on their land every couple of months.
The force is now stopping and checking suspicious vehicles,…