Christ-mess: Shocking pile of festive rubbish dumped at beauty spot

A huge heap of rubbish, including Christmas gift wrap and cardboard boxes, has been dumped at a popular South Tyneside beauty spot.

On Monday, December 30 a pile of rubbish was discovered in the Cleadon Hills area, which looks to have been discarded following the festive period.

The heap included a number of cardboard boxes and a significant amount of Christmas wrapping paper, some of which still had the gift tags on.

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The rubbish was found in Sunniside Lane, adjacent to the Cleadon Water Tower, just a short distance from the Cleadon Hills Local Nature Reserve, which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Christmas rubbish dumped at Sunniside Lane in Cleadon.

One resident said they were “disgusted” to come across the waste while out walking nearby, and would have picked up the rubbish themselves if they had had access to a vehicle at the time.

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Bosses stated that there was “no excuse” for people not disposing of their rubbish properly, and authorities across the North East have been stepping up efforts to tackle environmental crime.

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Christmas rubbish dumped at Sunniside Lane, Cleadon

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Some of the wrapping still had gift tags on.
Christmas rubbish dumped at Sunniside Lane, Cleadon.