Acton fly-tipper urged to ‘do the right thing’

DUMPED: Bags of animal bedding have been dumped around Acton on several occasions in the last year.
DUMPED: Bags of animal bedding have been dumped around Acton on several occasions in the last year.

More than 50 bags of animal bedding have been dumped in Acton since January, prompting Babergh District Council to call for help in catching those responsible.

The latest incident resulted in 15 bags – containing straw believed to be rabbit or guinea pig bedding – being dumped in Cuckoo Tye on Wednesday. A similar amount of bags were found in the same road on February 21, while 20 were discovered on Barrow Hill and in Slough Lane on January 10, with council wardens clearing them away each time.

The fly-tipping has been going on in other village locations for around a year, leading to the council to appeal for information to help track down the offender.

Daniel Whymark, local environmental quality officer at Babergh District Council, said: “The culprit appears to be someone who lives locally and looks after a lot of pets.

“They must be going out of their way to drive the waste to these locations – if they’re prepared to do that then it wouldn’t take much more effort to drive to Sudbury to dispose of this legitimately at the Sandy Lane Household Waste and Recycling Centre.”

Mr Whymark said covert CCTV surveillance had been used in the area to try to catch the fly-tippers and explained his frustration at the impacts of the problem.

“Clearing up these bags is wasting council resources and costing tax payers money,” he said. “The culprit is running the risk of being prosecuted by the council and we would much rather this problem did not exist than have to carry out enforcement action, so I appeal to whoever is doing this to stop and do the right thing.”

Fly-tippers can face unlimited fines and up to five years in prison if convicted.

Anyone with information on fly-tipping should contact Babergh District Council on 01473 826622.