Six tonnes of asbestos dumped in the street by fly-tippers

Asbestos has been dumped in the street sparking safety fears after the fly-tipping.

A council is on the hunt for the people who six tonnes of asbestos in a country lane.

Harts Lane in Hartfield, East Sussex, had to be closed for four days while specialist cleaners made the area safe.

The banned material has now been moved and the search is on for those responsible.

As well as inconveniencing local road users, roughly £2,500 of taxpayers' money had to be forked out to pay for the clean-up.

Now Wealden District Council is trying to track down those responsible for dumping the potentially harmful material.

Asbestos is a well-known carcinogen that can cause serious lung problems.

It is a fibre-like material that was once used in buildings for insulation, flooring and roofing, but its use has been fully banned in the UK since 1999.

The quantity of the dumped asbestos was such that the council believes it would have to have been transported by a large vehicle or a skip.

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

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"Have you noticed a large amount of stockpiled asbestos suddenly disappear? The asbestos was from more than one building. Thank you for helping us fight the fly tippers."

Anyone with information should contact the council on 01892 602735 or email  [email protected]

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