Deadly asbestos dumped at Sidmouth beauty spot
PUBLISHED: 11:29 07 October 2011
Fly-tipper leaves 26 bags worth of waste
CARELESS fly-tippers illegally dumped a huge haul of potentially deadly asbestos in a quiet Sidmouth beauty spot.
A countryside bridleway off Bickwell Lane was used as a tip and sullied with 26 bags worth of industrial waste.
Walkers discovered the mess last Friday and culprits have been warned they could face jail.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) called in specialists to remove the waste on Wednesday.
A dog walker who stumbled across the scene told the Herald: I won’t go there for a while now. It’s a worry people are dumping this stuff, It’s a pain for council tax payers.”
An EDDC spokesperson said: “A significant quantity of asbestos that had been dumped illegally beside a bridleway was reported to us on Friday, September 30.
“Due to the strict regulations about handling asbestos, we contacted a specialist contractor to receive the waste, and, on Wednesday of this week trained operatives filled 26 bags with the material, which had clearly originated on an industrial site.
“Fly-tipping in the countryside – whatever materials are involved – carries a maximum fine of £50,000 and a possible prison sentence, plus a criminal record on conviction.”