A man who got a £7000 water bill after travellers illegally tapped into his supply, has had his case heard in Westminster today.

Ministers say they will look into the case of the rural resident in Kettering, who received the four figure bill after his water supply was accessed 'illegally'.

The Kettering MP Philip Hollobone has asked both the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson and the Water Minister Dan Rogerson to intervene.

Speaking in the Commons during environment questions, Mr Hollobone said:

One of my rural constituents in Kettering has just received a #7,000 water bill due to travellers and gypsies illegally tapping into the water supply. "Anglian Water say they can do nothing, the police are umming and ahhing, and there have been threats of intimidation against the constituents concerned. "Would you or the Water Minister kindly agree to meet with me and my constituents so we can get this dreadful situation resolved?"

Mr Paterson replied:

"I think you should immediately get in touch with the Water Minister and we'll take this up and see how we can help."