Couple’s home invaded with FLIES after 18ft rat-infested corn pile dumped

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A couple’s home has been invaded with flies after an 18-foot-high rat-infested pile of corn was thrown at their door.

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Businessman Robert Shaw, 50, said his 47-year-old wife Michelle – who suffers from asthma – “cries every day” as decomposing piles left behind by a local biogas company near their home in Woodmansey, Yorkshire.

Businessman Robert Shaw, 50, said his house was attacked by fliescredit: Ben Lack
He lives with his wife in Woodmansey, Yorkshire

He lives with his wife in Woodmansey, Yorkshire

The couple were shocked to see the kitchen of their £600,000 home full of insects after Woodmansey Farming Company dumped a 200,000-tonne pile last Monday.


The corn is due to move to a nearby anaerobic digestion plant – but Robert says the damage has already been done.

He explained: “We were having our tea and the kitchen was full of flies and we were getting flies. It was disgusting.

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“There’s rotting corn now, and it’s going to attract rats and all kinds of insects.”

He blew up the 18-foot pile as an eye irritation, and said: “It’s not habitable at all right now. We can’t even go into the garden because it smells so bad.”

“My wife goes to bed every night crying because of how bad it is.

“My wife has chronic asthma and the smell in the air is absolutely disgusting.

“The house is in the middle of nowhere and while it costs around £600,000, it’s not even some backstreet dump.”

Robert also believes that the plant contains rotten potatoes, which he says:
Contributing to the spread of foul smell in the area.

They tried to contact the Environment Agency, but were told they were
They are working from home, so they are facing delays.

He said: “My dad had a cancer operation a few months ago and we
Were celebrating coming out of the hospital. We invite all to attend
To a barbecue and my family said ‘No, we can’t sit here, we can’t’
to stand’.

“You shouldn’t live your life like this. It’s totally
new level. We are on the verge of moving away from our home.

“We haven’t even been able to eat outside our house for a while”
Because that’s how bad it is.”

Colin Hammond, Head of Strategic Business Development at the firm, said: “Woodmansee Farming Company (WFC) grows crops in the local area to supply 4uFresh Produce Ltd which processes production for the food industry.

“WFC applied to the Environment Agency and was granted a temporary
Field permit for storage of crop cuttings on WFC owned agricultural land
Whole crop maize for processing through vegetable processing

is a new enterprise for the production of vegetable extracts
Will complement the vegetable processing factory and seasonal market
For processed potatoes.”

His wife Michelle, 47 - who suffers from asthma - "cries every day" because of piles (top left)

His wife Michelle, 47 – who suffers from asthma – “cries every day” because of piles (top left)credit: Ben Lack

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