FLY tippers left more than 70 black bags filled with potentially-hazardous waste at a beauty spot.
Nature lovers were left horrified by the scores of bin bags, which contain a type of insulating material, left strewn behind the water tower on Cleadon Hills.
Cleadon and East Boldon’s Coun Jeff Milburn said: “I’m disgusted that someone has done this, it beggars belief.
“There’s not just one bag, there’s dozens.
“The bags look to contain some kind of loft insulation, and there’s also a protective suit which has been left behind.
“This makes me worried as some of these older types of insulation often contain asbestos – and there it was blowing across the hills.”
South Tyneside Council officers have since removed the bags, which were dumped sometime between Wednesday evening and early yesterday morning.
Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety, said: “We will absolutely not tolerate fly tipping.
“It is unsightly, can be hazardous to the public and wildlife and is a drain on our resources, because it is costly to clean up and investigate.”