A HANBURY sheep farmer fears there will be a serious road accident if a tank flooding a country lane with water is not repaired.

Wally Pugh lives in Holmes Lane where there has been a steady flow of water for the past ten weeks because of a leaking booster tank.

The 71-year-old believes a gallon per minute is being lost and fears if the water freezes over a motorist could be hurt.

Mr Pugh and other neighbours have called on Severn Trent Water to fix the leak but he claims pleas have been ignored.

The worried pensioner told the Advertiser: "I've lived here for 50 years and when similar problems have arisen we have always received a quick response.

"The road is steep and a driver who does not know the route could easily skid out of control."

He added: "I estimate 100,000 gallons have been lost and I'm sure if that had gone through a meter someone would be facing a hefty bill."

A Severn Trent spokeswoman said: "We are investigating the problem and looking for a long term solution."