Anger over flytipping at beauty spot

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SELFISH fly-tippers have been condemned for dumping “high-class” rubbish at a Wearside beauty spot.

A large collection of expensive teddy bears and books was found strewn at the back of Cleadon Water Tower yesterday morning.

Last month, fly-tippers dumped waste – including potentially deadly asbestos – on green belt land on the side of Sunniside Lane in Cleadon Village.

Councillor Jeff Milburn, the Conservative representative for Cleadon and East Boldon, contacted environmental enforcement officers about the rubbish.

He said: “Once again, this is despicable behaviour on the part of these fly-tippers.

“What strikes you, when you look through what has been dumped, is just how expensive some of the items are.

“They could have helped raise money for a good cause if they’d just been taken along to a charity shop.

“They are really expensive items, such as a treasury of children’s stories and Beatrix Potter books.

“There were teddy bears in there from the Teddy Bear Shop, which my daughter tells me sell for £30 a time. It makes no sense.

“It’s probable that someone has paid someone to get rid of these items and they have just dumped them. It’s horrible behaviour and we need to clamp down on it.”

Coun Milburn said that among the debris was evidence that he hopes will help track down the culprits and lead to them being prosecuted.