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Search under way after six tonnes of asbestos waste dumped on country lane

Written by on 20/10/2020

A search is under way for the people responsible for dumping six tonnes of asbestos waste down a country lane.

Harts Lane in Hartfield, East Sussex, was forced to close for four days while the area was made safe by specialist cleaners – at a cost of £2,500 of taxpayers’ money.

Wealden Council is now searching for the perpetrators behind the dumping of the potentially harmful waste, which has been banned since 1999.

Asbestos is a dangerous carcinogen that can lead to lung problems if ingested, and was previously used in buildings for things like insulation, flooring and roofing.

Pic: Wealden District Council
Image: It cost £2,500 to clean the mess up. Pic: Wealden District Council

Wealden Council believes the sheer quantity of the dumped waste means it would have to have been moved there on a large vehicle or in a skip.

A spokesperson for the council asks: “Did you see anything suspicious during the evening of Friday 9 October before 9pm?

“Have you noticed a large amount of stockpiled asbestos suddenly disappear? The asbestos was from more than one building.

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Anyone with information should contact the council on 01892 602735 or email street.scene@wealden.gov.uk

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