Men 'from Manchester' are holding 'dogging parties' in the bushes behind a roadside cafe called Big Baps
The owner of a roadside cafe in Yorkshire says her business is being blighted by 'men from Manchester' holding dogging parties in the bushes.
Sharon Wherrett, co-owner of Big Baps @ Junction 25 in Brighouse, said that she sees 'two or three doggers' every morning as she is serving lorry drivers their breakfast.
She claims the men come 'from Manchester' and sometimes so many people turn up there's no room for lorry drivers to park in the layby.
She told YorkshireLive : "If you came and had breakfast at our cafe you'd see two or three doggers, guaranteed.
"Most people think it's funny but it's actually really seedy."
Sharon claims that the wood behind her cafe is littered with condoms and old mattresses that are used for people to have sex on.
She says she has repeatedly reported the issue to her local MP and the police, and now feels she needs to warn walkers in the area.
She said: "If it were a female and male dogging site, I'd feel exactly the same - that just doesn't come in to it, it's the fact that it's a dogging site. There's a hotel 20 yards up the road, I'm sure they would appreciate the business.
"It's [dogging] massive. The truckers who do manage to park there on a night get propositioned, they knock on the cab and say 'dya fancy a bit?'
Another issue Sharon is facing is people 'car sharing' and using the layby to park their car while they get a lift into the city with friends.
She said that this means that lorry drivers are often left without a safe place to park for their rest breaks.
She said: "The main thing I'd love to do is for truckers to be able to park. They come in depressed, they're away from their families and they want a warm meal.
"Obviously I don't come to work for the fun of it, we lost my mum in the beginning of Covid and we opened about a week after we lost her. To see it come to nothing because people can't come in it's terrible - it's just soul destroying.
"But then again the truckers, the plight that they have at the minute, they're not getting the jobs because the conditions are so bad and then to not be able to get in for a meal..."
Sharon has started a petition calling on local councils to crack down on people using lay-bys to park their car all day.