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Norwich council urged to act over dumped human waste

PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 March 2010 | UPDATED: 08:44 02 July 2010

Bags of what is believed to be human waste which have been dumped in the front garden of a home in Dereham Road, Norwich.

Bags of what is believed to be human waste which have been dumped in the front garden of a home in Dereham Road, Norwich.

Peter Walsh

A worried mother-of-three has today called on council bosses to take action to remove rubbish bags - apparently filled with human waste - which have been mysteriously dumped outside her house.

A worried mother-of-three has today called on council bosses to take action to remove rubbish bags - apparently filled with human waste - which have been mysteriously dumped outside her house.

About 20 rubbish sacks filled with a yellowish liquid, which appears to be vomit, has been discarded in the front garden of WendiSmith's home in Dereham Road, Costessey.

Mrs Smith, a telephone engineer, said she does not know exactly what is in the bags, but is concerned it is some sort of hazardous bodily waste and fears there may even be used needles lurking in the sacks.

The 39-year-old has contacted Norwich City Council about the strange sacks but has been told as her house is a private property she must dispose of the waste herself.

She said: “It's just so frustrating that it's my responsibility and no-one will do anything about it for me. I really don't know what they bags are.”

But after the Evening News contacted the city council, a spokeswoman said: “We take issues of illegal dumping very seriously, especially when distress is caused to a resident, as in this case.

“Our anti-social behaviour team is investigating this case and will offer advice as well as support to the resident involved.”

“It's like half a carrier bag filled with something that looks like and smells like sick tied up in a double knot. I said to the council I have no way of knowing whether there are any syringes in them. It could be something really nasty and it's up to us now to crawl in there and try and somehow get rid of it.”

Mrs Smith, who lives with her husband Andy, 38, and children Shannon, 13, Lauren, 17, and Carl, 19, said she was concerned about the safety of her family if they had to dispose of the bags, and also her five cats and two dogs.

She said if she put the waste, which is in three separate piles, she was not even sure if the bin men would take the waste, which is in two piles, if she put it in her wheelie bin. would fill her wheelie bin - leaving her nowhere to put the normal household waste.

She said: “It's so frustrating that I can't get anyone to say 'that's concerning, let's have a look at it for you'. This is horrible stuff. If I put them in the wheelie bin then the council would take them, if I took it to the dump then the council would deal with it so why can't someone come out?”

Mrs Smith said it's not the first time her front garden has been used as a dumping ground for this sort of waste.

She said: “We did have the same problem some months ago. We had two bin bags full of them. My husband left them outside and the council did eventually take them, but I have been told that if we did that again we would be guilty of fly-tipping.

“Someone is using that part of the garden as a dumping ground for whatever this substance is.”

Are you worried about hazardous waste dumped near your home? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772346 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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