Tonnes of waste dumped at popular dog walking area in Huncoat

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Residents left fuming after finding their favourite dog walking spot looking more like a landfill site

Residents in Huncoat, near Accrington in Lancashire, have been left fuming, after discovering tonnes of waste dumped at one of the areas favourite dog walking spots.

Around thirty wagon loads full of rubbish has been flytipped at the popular site off Altham Lane, Huncoat and the area now looks more like a landfill site.

A popular dog walking spot in Huncoat wakes up to find tonnes of dumped waste

Fly tipping is a serious offence

An investigation by the Environment Agency (EA), Hyndburn Council and Lancashire Police is now underway to try and establish who was resonsible for flytipping the rubbish, which was dumped sometime between October 14-16.

Huncoat councillor Eamonn Higgins said: “It’s going to take weeks to clear and it’s going to cost thousands of pounds before the council can prosecute the perpetrators and reclaim the money back. It’s a massive blight on the landscape and shows an utter disregard for the law.”

This latest incident follows a huge blaze which broke out in the night on Thursday, October 13, involving one hundred tonnes of waste at Rakehead Quarry nearby.

An EA spokesperson said: “We are working closely with the council and Lancashire police to help deliver a permanent solution.”

The spokesperson also said that anyone with information regarding the dumped waste, or anyone who spots suspicious activity involving wagons and flytipping, can ring their FREE incident hotline on 0800 807060.

Police officers attended the site on Monday, October 17, at around 16:45pm after receiving reports of fly-tipping.

Lancashire police are urging anyone with information to call 101, quoting Log Reference 1035, of October 17.

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