Old fridges dumped at 'iconic' Woodbury beauty spot: 'We will prosecute'

PUBLISHED: 06:30 04 November 2016

Two fridges 'fly-tipped' at Woodbury Castle pciture: Rob Chidgey

Two fridges 'fly-tipped' at Woodbury Castle pciture: Rob Chidgey


Fly-tippers who dumped old fridges at the heart of a historic East Devon monument have been warned they face prosecution if traced.

Heath wardens removed two old fridges found at Woodbury Castle and arranged for their disposal.

Woodbury Castle is a Scheduled Monument dating back to the Iron Age, meaning it has been recognised as being of national historic significance.

It has been part of Clinton Devon Estates’ Pebblebed Heaths for more than 2,000 years.

Dr Sam Bridgewater, nature conservation manager of Clinton Devon Estates, said: “It would not be an exaggeration to describe Woodbury Castle as an East Devon icon, much loved by the many thousands of people who visit it each year.

“Fly-tipping is a criminal offence. It’s very sad that someone should think this important, ancient monument is a suitable place to dump old fridges. We will not hesitate to seek to press for those responsible for this criminal activity to be prosecuted.

“Not only is it illegal, it is irresponsible, antisocial and hazardous to the environment. Clearing up after fly-tippers also diverts funds, as well as staff time, from important conservation work.”

There are three council-run recycling centres in East Devon; one six miles from Woodbury Castle at Knowle Hill, Exmouth, and two in Exeter, again only a few miles away.

Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, people convicted by magistrates of fly-tipping can be fined up to £50,000 or jailed for up to 12 months.

If the case gets to crown court, they could be jailed for up to five years and also fined.

Anyone who sees fly-tipping on the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths is asked to report it to Clinton Devon Estates on 01395 443881.

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