Rubbish left strewn across Sunderland play area being used as dumping ground

Fly-tipping in what is known locally as the children's forest, South Hylton.
Fly-tipping in what is known locally as the children's forest, South Hylton.
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LOUTS have left piles of rubbish at a Sunderland beauty spot.

The mess was dumped on ground known as the “Children’s Forest” play area, in Pennywell, with residents saying the mess has been there for a number of weeks.

Fly-tipping in what is known locally as the children's forest, South Hylton.

Fly-tipping in what is known locally as the children's forest, South Hylton.

Plastic, wood and metal objects were all left by the yobs, with tyre tracks close by suggesting they were brought in a car or van, before being offloaded.

The area has been a haven for nuisance drinkers and other cases of antisocial activity for a number of years.

Council bosses today confirmed that they are investigating the incident, and say the recent bad weather has meant the rubbish has not been moved as soon as they hoped.

One woman who lives nearby, but did not want to be named, today spoke of her disgust at the fly-tipping.

Fly-tipping in what is known locally as the children's forest, South Hylton.

Fly-tipping in what is known locally as the children's forest, South Hylton.

“It’s disappointing that this place is getting used as a dumping ground. It’s just not on,” she said.

“It’s always been a problem, but the kids drinking and smoking down there isn’t as bad as it was.

“The real shame is that it looks lovely when the grass it cut with all of the wild flowers. This just spoils things for everyone.”

Portfolio holder for City Services at Sunderland, Councillor Michael Mordey, said: “Fly-tipping is a criminal offence which puts a serious and unnecessary burden on council budgets and resources.

Rubbish dumped at the "Children's Forest" play area in Pennywell

Rubbish dumped at the "Children's Forest" play area in Pennywell

“We respond as quickly as we can to all reports of this type of antisocial behaviour, but can only so do when those resources become available.

“An anonymous report was received, and we attended the site to investigate as soon as we could.

“Weather conditions, access and the need for additional equipment has meant we have not been able to remove the fly-tipping as quickly as we would have liked, but we will do so as soon as possible.”