Furious Homeowners Wake Up To 16ft Rubbish Mountain

Homeowners have vented their fury at shameless fly-tippers after a 16ft high mountain of rubbish was deposited in the middle of their residential street. Waking up on the morning of Wednesday 13 January to discover the pile of waste had been left on their doorsteps.

Photos and video from a report by the Independent show the festering heap of waste, approximately the size of a van, brazenly dumped on Bilhay Lane, in West Bromwich, West Midlands.

The mountain of rubbish included carpets, pipes, black bags and even street bollards and blocked the entire street, making the road impassable. Residents are now calling for CCTV to be installed around the area following a series of similar fly-tipping offences.

Resident and mum-of-one, Tina Blackmore said: “It stinks and I’ve seen rats running about, I fear for the health of my little girl. I couldn’t believe it when I opened my door and spotted it the other day – it is absolutely huge and the council haven’t cleared it away yet either.”

She added that there had been previous issues with fly-tippers, but never to that extent, saying it was like living in a ‘Third world country’.

“We’re worried enough about our health at the minute with the virus, so this is the last thing we need,” she said.

Anyone caught fly-tipping and illegally depositing waste could face a fine of up to £20,000 or even prison.

Councillor Maria Crompton, deputy leader of Sandwell Council, said it was devastating to see the dumped pile of rubbish.

“Fly-tipping is a dreadful environmental crime and the council and the people of Sandwell will not tolerate it. We will continue in our fight against selfish people who dump rubbish. Our teams are working to clear the site and with the Environment Agency we will investigate and seek to prosecute those responsible,” she said.

Anyone with information about fly-tippers should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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