Furious residents have slammed “disgusting” fly-tippers who have left a public pathway impassable – after dumping a pile of rubbish which is 50 FEET long.
The enormous mound of waste, which stands 12ft high, appeared in the early hours of Friday (19/7) morning.
Items including electrical cables, plugs, circuit boards, children’s toys and even corporate waste can be seen piled up.
One container labelled ‘highly flammable’ was pictured lying in the litter, which appears to have been compacted.
It’s thought the stinking mess was dumped out of a HGV between 12.40am and 1.40am on Friday (19/7).
Hundreds of locals in Stockport, Greater Mancs, now have to walk past the rotting pile of waste every day.
The offenders, whose identities aren’t yet known, have been described as “selfish”, “disgusting” and “shameless”.
A nearby resident, who doesn’t want to be named, noticed the mound on Saturday (20/07) when he took his dog for a walk.
He said: “I have walked down here everyday for years and I’ve never seen anything like it.
“I was completely shocked when I saw, there is such a huge amount of rubbish.
“To be honest it’s absolutely disgusting.
“To dump your rubbish anywhere but a tip is wrong, but to do it on a pathway that’s used by the public is awful.
“Us who live here have to walk past it and smell it everyday now.
“People have to be careful that their dogs don’t go anywhere near it because who knows what’s in there?”
He added: “You can tell that it’s been dumped here by some sort of professional waste disposal outfit.
“This isn’t just a few blokes in their cars, it’s an entire lorry full of rubbish.
“The council need to put concrete barriers up to stop vehicles coming down and prevent this ever happening again.”
The man said people have been fly-tipping in the area for the past ten years but that no one had ever left this much at once.
Social media user Ray Hall posted on Facebook: “Fly tipping is appalling but it will only increase until the perpetrators, when caught, are made to pay the full cost for its removal.”
One person described the incident as “outrageous” and another described the offenders as “filthy”.
The pile is on a pathway in Stockport called the Fallowfield Loop.
It has been reported to Greater Manchester Police, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and the Environment Agency.
Authorities hope CCTV footage will help uncover who is responsible.
Fly-tipping is defined as the ‘illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it’.
In 2016/17 more than one million incidences of fly-tipping were dealt with by councils in England, with an estimated clear up cost of over £58m.
Offenders can be prosecuted and face imprisonment or a fine of up to £50,000.
CCTV footage of the HGV driving towards the pathway then leaving an hour later has emerged.
The enormous lorry can be seen arriving to the site at 12.40am then driving away after dumping its load at 1.41am.
The videos were captured by a nearby homeowner who has cameras attached to the outside of her house.
A Stockport Council official has described the incident as “extremely disappointing” and assured residents an investigation is underway.
In a statement made this morning (Mon), councillor Sheila Bailey said: “We are extremely disappointed to hear of the fly-tipping incident near the entrance to the Fallowfield Loop in Reddish.
“Due to the scale of this incident we are liaising with the regulating body, the Environment Agency.
“We have already gathered evidence and will be working with the Environment Agency in their investigations to help bring this horrible act and serious criminal offence to justice.”