Fly-tipped waste a threat to health

PUBLISHED: 13:29 14 April 2014 | UPDATED: 13:29 14 April 2014

Asbestos cement

Asbestos cement

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Piles of a cancer-causing material and sacks of dog waste were dumped in a car park and at a beauty spot last week.

And now district health bosses are urging the public to help them catch the culprits.

At lunchtime on Thursday, March 20, asbestos cement was left in a car park near the Exmouth recycling centre.

The vehicle was spotted and was a large grey/blue coloured Vauxhall van.

East Devon District Council chiefs say the van is probably linked to recent work involving the removal of asbestos from a shed roof in the Budleigh and Exmouth area.

Seven days later, on Thursday, March 27, eight feed bags full of dog waste were left near a waste bin at the Imperial Recreation Ground.

A council spokesman said of the dog waste: “This is anti-social behaviour which could cause harm to council staff handling the material.

“The feed bags were all of the ‘Field and Trial’ brand which is commonly used by people with working dogs, kennels or other large numbers of dogs.

“This area is heavily used by walkers in the evening and officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed bags being unloaded and left near a dog bin.”

The council’s appeal for information follows similar incidents in Marine Way and Chatham Close, and the spokesman stressed that witnesses are needed to provide a description of the vehicle or culprit.

In regards to the asbestos, he said the material was ‘no risk’ to the public and would soon be removed by the landowner – but that fly-tipping attracted ‘severe penalties’.

He said: “Officers would like to hear from anyone who can link the recent demolition of a shed with the large grey/blue Vauxhall van.”

“Both cases are quite unusual and the council can take legal action against the culprits if they can be identified,” he said

“Fixed penalty notices are one option, but council officers can also prosecute if the council feels that the fixed penalty is an inadequate remedy.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Environmental Health on 01395 517456.

Or email environmentalhealth@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Any information provided will be treated in confidence.

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