An astonished St Helens parish reverend has spoken of his shock at finding callous flytippers had dumped waste at a graveyard twice in 24 hours.
Unsightly mounds of industrial waste were dumped at St Nicholas’ - known as Sutton Parish Church - on New Street earlier this week.
Having deemed the graveyard to be a suitable spot for their rubbish, the offenders returned during the night to deposit more rubbish.
Rev Mark Taylor said: “The first visit we think was about 4pm so it would have been in broad daylight. And we returned the following morning to find even more had been left.
“It causes you to question who could stoop so low?
“It will cause distress for everyone who visits the graveyard, we’re talking about a significant amount of waste. We have had support from the council who will be helping with the clearing up.”
Rev Taylor said the police had been contacted and he urged anyone with information about the incidents to get in touch with the authorities.
He added: “We’ve never had anything like this before. People do things like this because they think they can get away with it and by contacting the police we want them to know we are taking this seriously.”
The incident comes in the same week that worrying statistics about how increasing incidents of fly-tipping are placing a huge strain on the council’s finances.
The St Helens Reporter revealed how figures released under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act show there were 1,501 incidents of fly-tipping in the borough in 2014-15 compared to 1,238 in 2013-14 and 999 in 2012-13.
The problem is leaving the town hall with bills of up to £90,230 on dealing with fly tipping in 2014-15. This compares with figures of £63,984 in 2013-14 and £54,212 in 2012-13.
The council strongly defended the borough’s record, saying the St Helens figure is in the bottom quarter in the UK, and hailed the success of a pilot project introducing litter wardens.
Anyone who may have information about the incident at St Nicholas’ is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 101.