Fury at waste littering road

VILLAGERS have demanded action after dozens of bottles of human urine and bags of dog excrement were found dumped along a country road.

Babergh District Council is now urging members of the public to make a note of the number plates of any offenders they spot along Bury Road.

However, the council has ruled out covert surveillance because of the sheer length of Bury Road.

Paula Harber, of Lawshall, arranged a recent litter pick along Bury Road and told of her shock at what she and colleagues found between Bury St Edmunds and Chadacre.

“It is all along the Bury Road,” said Mrs Harber. “There’s a huge pile of them [bottles of urine]. We found 90 litres in total. Whoever is responsible has just left this for an ordinary person to deal with.”

Previously Mrs Harber has even emptied the bottles and then arranged for the plastic to be recycled.

But she is now questioning whether clearing up after litter louts was the right thing to do, fearing it might give them the idea it is acceptable.

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Suffolk police have been informed.

A Babergh District Council spokeswoman said: “Babergh has been approached by Lawshall Parish Council and the local police community support worker, as well as Mrs Harber herself, and is fully aware of the situation that is being experienced.

“This is an unpleasant issue. It is anti-social behaviour and it is a form of littering, which residents should not be expected to tolerate.

“The littering of bottles of urine on major roads is a national problem, but not one that Babergh has experienced before in a village setting.

“Unfortunately, unless someone witnesses these events happening, then there is very little anyone can do to stop it happening again.

“If members of the public do witness this happening they should note the date , time and the vehicle’s number plate so that Babergh can trace the person responsible and take the necessary enforcement action.

“In the meantime, the parish council and Mrs Harber have been advised to let Babergh know when bottles have been dumped so that clearance can be arranged.”

Sgt Kevin Horton, from the Babergh West safer neighbourhood team, said: “Although fly-tipping is a council issue, we advise that drivers use the proper facilities available and be considerate to both the environment and local residents who live in the area.

“Suffolk Constabulary works with Suffolk councils to clean up and reinvigorate areas in need of it.”