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Flytippers scar beauty spot near Exeter with mountain of rubbish

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

By Mike Byrne

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Flytipping at the Killerton Estate near Exeter

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A beautyspot on the edge of Exeter has been scarred by the dumping of two huge loads of commercial waste and household rubbish.

The large-scale litter louts struck at Ashclyst Forest on the National Trust’s Killerton Estate.

It is hoped they have been captured on film from CCTV cameras hidden in the trees.

The heavily wooded area, which is criss-crossed with footpaths, is popular with city families and dog owners for weekend walks.

But their enjoyment is being regularly marred by fly-tippers - although authorities admit this most recent incident is one of the worst.

Ed Nicholson, area warden forester at Killerton said: “We do get flytipping on year round but there is a definite spike at this time of year.

“It comes after Christmas when some people decide to have a clear-out - although this lot seems to be more commercial waste than anything.

“We do have remote cameras set up at known hot-spots - which is quite interesting as you get to see a great deal of wildlife rooting about - and capture the occasional ne’re do-well flytipping.

“We work very closely with the Environment Agency and there have been a number of successful prosecutions.

“On this occasion the rubbish was dumped near the highway and we are working with East Devon District Council.

“Some of it is hazardous stuff and we are after all a charity and it takes a lot of time and National Trust money to clear up."

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