Dad left with ‘horror movie’ fly bites blame rubbish dumped at bottom of garden

A Birmingham dad has filmed horrendous horse fly bites all over his body and claims they were caused by rubbish dumped by fly-tippers at the bottom of his garden.

Mick Payne was bitten everywhere including his arms, legs, fingers, face and top of his head and said the wounds reminded him of a "horror movie", Birmingham Live reports.

In the video, the 48-year-old says he has been bitten "30 or 40 times easily".

The bites caused him to develop a fever and he had to receive hospital treatment.

Footage shows the waste piled up at the end of his garden, including a mattress and black bin bags full of festering waste.

He also has a fly trap set up at the end of the garden and the insects are swarming around it.

Mick says the insect infestation has made his back garden in Handsworth a no-go zone and blames the infestation of horse flies on a huge pile of rotting rubbish dumped on land owned by Network Rail.

He says the rubbish has been rotting at the end of his house for the last seven years.

Mick says he has repeatedly contacted Network Rail and Birmingham City Council in a bid to get the waste cleaned up but his pleas for help have fallen on deaf ears.

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The dad, who was left disabled after breaking his back in a fall at work, says he uses a disposable fly trap that hangs in his garden.

He says he recently caught 20,000 horse flies in the space of just a month.

"It has been a living nightmare. The bites on my arm are like something out of a horror movie," he told BirminghamLive.

"They were all over my body, arms, legs, fingers and even on top of my head.

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"I have been bitten on three occasions and I had to go to A and E the first time as I let it go too far."

He went on: "I had a fever, felt absolutely terrible. I went to hospital for treatment and have been on a course of antibiotics.

"The garden is a no go area for me now. I wasn't able to use my garden during lockdown.

"I have three children and they can't stay with me at the moment as I don't want them to get bitten. It is just a horrendous situation.

"The waste was dumped about seven years ago. I have made countless calls to Network Rail and Birmingham City Council in a desperate attempt to get the waste cleaned up but nothing has been done. I am at the end of my tether."

A Birmingham City Council spokeswoman said: "Flytipping is inexcusable, a criminal blight on our environment and we fully support the efforts of other landowners to bring those responsible for such anti-social behaviour to justice.

"Any infestation of horse flies, in this case, is likely to be related to the local environment rather than just dumped waste as they tend to mostly live around long and damp woodland."

Daily Star Online has approached Network Rail for comment.

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