Residents of a Tai Po village have scoffed at a claim by the company responsible for dumping at least 100 truckloads of construction waste on a village field that it was an accident. The firm claims soil was supposed to have been put down instead to beautify the lot. The manager of a real estate company has said the dumping occurred without the firm's knowledge and that it would clean up the rubble. He said the field was notorious for mosquitoes and weeds. Villager Pang Pak-shing said nearby sites posed an even worse hygiene threat and asked why the manager did not tackle those. 'This is ridiculous and I don't trust this at all,' said Mr Pang, who is also a rural committee member. Another villager, Lam Tin-pui, who had returned from London and owns part of the land, claims the manager had occupied private land without authority before. 'Two years ago, he used and turned my other plot of land nearby into a leisure fishing pond when I was not around. Fortunately, the business venture failed and soon closed down so I didn't take the hassle to call government departments. 'If he decides to take action, we'd be happy and not take the case further. In fact, he should have realised this serious outcome at the beginning. However, if there is no cleanup by the June 25 deadline, then I'm ready to go back to pursuing the case in the court.' The government has sent the owners of the land a warning letter saying the site must be cleared by then or they could face prosecution and a fine of HK$500,000. According to Mr Pang, ownership of half the affected site is claimed by village clans such as the Lam, Yu and Pang families. But the manager said the real estate firm owned about 80 per cent of it. Another villager, Pang Chi-on, was also sceptical of the manager's claim and pledged to pursue the matter regardless of a cleanup. 'Even if he is held responsible for the cleanup, it doesn't mean the end of the story. We'd seek our lawyer's advice to see if any further action is needed and we would also assign a qualified surveyor to delineate our land boundary and fence it off with wire in order to prevent illegal access. 'I am concerned about polluted material washed down to the soil bed and coastal sea.'