Anger after 12 bags of asbestos illegally dumped by Fenland river

The dumped asbestos. Photo: Terry Harris
The dumped asbestos. Photo: Terry Harris

Twelve bags of asbestos have been illegally dumped by a river in Fenland.

The discovery was made at Sixteen Foot Bank in March.

The dumped asbestos. 'Picture by Terry Harris

The dumped asbestos. 'Picture by Terry Harris

Witnesses are now being sought to catch the perpetrators.

A Fenland District Council spokesman said: “The scale and audacity of this crime is shocking and will cost several thousands of pounds to clear up. Exposure to asbestos can also be a serious health hazard so we are working with our partners, including the Environment Agency, to investigate the incident, gather evidence and ensure the waste is removed as quickly as possible.

“Witnesses are key to helping us identify who is responsible and we would appeal for anyone with information to get in touch with us at: streetscene@fenland.gov.uk.

“We are committed to catching those who fly-tip in our district and would urge people to report any such activity that appears suspicious.”

The Environment Agency said: “We received a notification this morning of the illegal dumping of asbestos on the Sixteen Foot Bank rural road.

“We are working with Fenland District Council, who are removing the waste.

“Waste crime can cause serious pollution to the environment and put communities at risk. Waste companies, local authorities and businesses all have a responsibility to check what happens to their waste. We urge people to dispose of asbestos using a registered waste carrier.

“Anyone who has information about this incident, where the waste came from or the vehicle and individuals responsible, can contact our Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”