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Litter hurled from high-rise flats

DUMPING GROUND ... Westmorland Court, Hebburn, resident John Davis outside his ground-floor flat where rubbish is strewn.

DUMPING GROUND ... Westmorland Court, Hebburn, resident John Davis outside his ground-floor flat where rubbish is strewn.

HIGH-RISE litter louts are throwing everything from hamster cages to beer cans out of windows at a South Tyneside tower block.

A pensioner has demanded tough action against the offenders, who are repeatedly hurling their rubbish off landings at Westmorland Court in Hebburn town centre.

John Davis, 79, who lives on the ground floor, said: “This problem has gone on for years, but it seems to get no better.

“Recently, I found bits of a hamster cage on the ground, which someone had tipped from the floors above.

“There are always cans and papers and various rubbish dumped at the back of the flats and I think it’s a disgrace.”

Mr Davis said tenants were dumping rubbish off landings on the upper floors on a regular basis.

“I feel like I’m complaining like Victor Meldrew all the time, but something needs to be done about this,” Mr Davis added.

The problem of the tower block litter louts in Hebburn town centre has been raised several times at Hebburn community area forum.

Coun Richard Porthouse, forum chairman, said: “I think it’s disgusting if people are dumping pet cages from the flats. It’s a horrible habit.

“We have raised this issue at the forum a number of times and action has been taken against certain offenders.

“The problem is catching these people in the act, and I think we need to look at having some kind of better surveillance at Westmorland Court.”

Coun Ian Harkus, a ward member for Hebburn North, which includes Westmorland Court, said: “Mr Davis raised this issue with me when I was on walkabout in the area and it’s certainly something the council will investigate.

“This is an awful habit and we must stamp it out.”

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