Offal spillage clean-up operation

By Lisa CleverdonA MAJOR clean-up operation was carried out after a lorry transporting chicken offal spilled part of its load.Drivers were forced to hold their noses as they were diverted around the putrid-smelling waste that had been deposited on the edge of the Chilton roundabout in Sudbury.

By Lisa Cleverdon

A MAJOR clean-up operation was carried out after a lorry transporting chicken offal spilled part of its load.

Drivers were forced to hold their noses as they were diverted around the putrid-smelling waste that had been deposited on the edge of the Chilton roundabout in Sudbury.

The lorry driver had stopped his vehicle after noticing some of the offal had tipped over the side of the open-top vehicle, which was being taken from Paul Flatman poultry processors in Colchester to Newark-on-Trent.

Suffolk police were alerted to Thursday's incident after numerous reports were made by members of the public.

Babergh District Council sent cleaning contractors to the roundabout as well as three other locations in Great Cornard - Shawlands Avenue, Wells Hall Road and Bures Road - where spillages had also been reported.

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A council spokesman said yesterday: “Babergh and its contractors, Cleanaway, acted swiftly to clear up three separate spillages of offal that were reported to us in different parts of Great Cornard.

“The waste matter has been sent to a rendering plant at Woodbridge. A fourth area was reported this morning and, once again, we are dealing with that as a matter of urgency.

“At the same time, we have begun investigations into whether any offences might have been committed and will then be considering what action, if any, we can take.”

The road stayed open while a specialist cleaning firm helped remove the mess from the scene of the incident, which happened at about 3.45pm.

lisa.cleverdon@eadt.co.uk

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