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Pig farmer blamed for causing village stink

Peter Roy. Pic by PPA
Peter Roy had collected up to 80 oil drums of human waste

A farmer, blamed for causing a village stink by collecting 80 barrels of human waste, has been convicted of breaching an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo).

Peter Roy, 72, from Madderty, was warned he could be sent to jail if he does not let officials from Perth and Kinross Council dispose of the barrels.

Roy has been collecting his family's waste in oil drums in a long-running dispute with the local authority.

Villagers have complained the area has been plagued by the smell of excrement.

An Asbo was granted against Roy after the court heard how all 300 residents had been left feeling ill because of the stench drifting from his farm at Craigmuir.

He is blamed for dumping gallons of waste during a seven-year protest against Perth and Kinross Council over claims the authority should repair his home, which is currently unfit for human habitation.

'Stockpiled waste'

He has also left wheelie bins, cement mixers and a bath full of human excrement on the village's main road.

The farmer was found guilty of three different charges of breaching the behaviour order by dumping barrels of human waste on 2 and 18 September last year, and on 23 February 2009.

Perth Sheriff Court was told that a total of 80 barrels of human and animal waste remained on his property but that the council had offered to remove them free of charge.

Witness Det Con Pamela Blower from Tayside Police, said she had visited Craigmuir Farm on 23 February.

She said: "These were five-gallon drum barrels. One was on its side and had a sponge in it to plug a hole up."

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis found Roy guilty of breaching the orders but deferred sentence until February for him to be of good behaviour.

The sheriff added: "If, when the case next calls, the stockpiled waste is still at Craigmuir, there is a distinct possibility I will take the view that a custodial sentence is appropriate."

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