A pile of rubbish has been dumped on a historic former sporting ground.
Dozens of overflowing black bin liners containing food packaging waste were found stacked in the centre of the old Fartown rugby ground off Spaines Road, Fartown.
A large tent frame was also chucked onto the pile – found by a Huddersfield Examiner reporter – along with more rubbish spread around what is now known as Fartown Sports Ground.
The ground was home to Huddersfield RLFC, now Huddersfield Giants, and hosted the first ever rugby league game in 1895.
Yorkshire County Cricket Club also played there and a memorial tower at the entrance to the ground carries the names of Huddersfield cricketing legends Wilfred Rhodes, George Herbert Hirst and Schofield Haigh.
Now it is regularly visited by families and amateur athletes, who also use its play park and outdoor gym, along with the running track that surrounds the pitch.
The issue has been reported to Kirklees Council and a spokesman said: “We are aware of the issue and are investigating it.
“The waste will be removed, and if there is any evidence to be able to link this to the person or people responsible, we will follow that up.”
The historic ground was graced by many rugby league legends for the over 100 years it was in use.
The RL club left Fartown in the 1990s and joined Huddersfield Town at Leeds Road in 1992 before both clubs moved to what is now the John Smith’s Stadium.