Council launches probe after asbestos is fly-tipped in Sunderland street

Workers wearing protective clothing clear dumped material from Ward Street, Hendon.

Workers wearing protective clothing clear dumped material from Ward Street, Hendon.

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Council bosses are monitoring a city street after reports of asbestos being dumped by fly-tippers.

Hendon resident Thomas Storey reported tipping in Ward Street more than three weeks ago.

Fly-tipping is a serious offence and the council is prepared to take legal action against anyone who illegally deposits waste.

Coun Michael Mordey

The council sent workers out to collect it within two days, by which time a bag of asbestos had been added to the pile.

“I reported a bin full of plastic had been dumped,” said Mr Storey, 52.

“They sent someone out to collect it – but weren’t able to remove the asbestos.

“It is grade A asbestos, the kind they used to use to lag pipes. I used to be in the building trade, so I definitely know what this stuff is.

“The council staff agreed with me when they came out and had a look, which is why they agreed to get in touch with a specialist company.

“You have got to be suited and booted to deal with this stuff, but now it is scattered all over the place.

“The cars are driving over it.”

Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for City Services, Coun Michael Mordey said: “The city council removed a substantial amount of fly-tipped waste from Ward Street on Wednesday, May 20.

“Specialist contractors were also commissioned to dispose of a small amount of waste, which may have included asbestos.

“Now, with even more waste being reported, the council is concerned about what appears to be regular fly-tipping and we are 
monitoring the area closely.

“Fly-tipping is a serious offence and the council is prepared to take legal action against anyone who illegally deposits waste.

“Any concerns about fly-tipping should be reported on 520 5550.”