24 January 2017
The Department of the Environment wants help to find those responsible for dumping hazardous asbestos in a field near Maufant.
Nine black bin bags full of fibrous asbestos insulation board were dumped at the site at some point overnight on Tuesday 6 December into Wednesday 7 December 2016.
Officers have been investigating, but have reached a point where they need help from the public. They're particularly keen to hear from people who may have seen nine full black bin liners being carried from a premises and loaded into a vehicle, most likely a small van or car.
Officers at the department would also like to hear from anyone who may have concerns about asbestos in demolition or renovation works that they have seen, or are aware of.
Director of Environmental Protection, Dr Tim du Feu, said “We are really keen to hear from anyone who saw perhaps a neighbour or colleague at work loading nine black bin liners into a vehicle. They may have been wearing dust masks or gloves. Clearly individuals maybe a bit reluctant to ‘dob-in’ a neighbour or colleague, but this is a serious incident and those involved need to be caught to protect the public and the environment. Any witnesses can be assured that their information will be treated in the strictest confidence.”
This type of asbestos is particularly hazardous and the Environment Department had to call in specialist contractors to contain and safely remove the waste at a cost to the public of approximately £5,000.
If you have any information that could help, please contact the Environment Department.
Telephone the Environment Department +441534 709535
Telephone Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Email the Environmental Protection team