Dozens of sofas dumped near Challacombe

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By tinap | Thursday, January 24, 2013, 09:37

Investigations have begun after a large amount of furniture was dumped in a remote area of North Devon.

Anything from 50 to 100 sofas and other items have been tipped down a gully known as Breakneck Hole, off the B3358 near Challacombe. 

North Devon Council is now looking into where the furniture has come from and who owns the land.

Environmental Warden Bill Hucker said: "We were first alerted to the fly-tipping on New Year's Eve. However, our investigations have been hampered by the location and the recent bad weather. We're also still trying to find out whose land this has been dumped on. In the meantime, we're hoping someone may recognise their old sofa among the photos we have, which could help us identify those responsible for the fly-tipping."

Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, said, "The sheer amount of fly-tipping is appalling. This is a beautiful part of the world, which makes this environmental crime particularly sad. We believe the furniture has been dumped by two or three lorry loads, probably by a commercial operator. So, if anyone knows anything about this horrendous crime, please let us know."

If you do recognise any of the sofas, or if you have any information about those responsible for the fly-tipping, please contact 01271 374776.

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