Youths Use Asbestos Sheets on Bonfire

Cement Roof Sheets containing Chrysotile found in Hereford
Cement Roof Sheets containing Chrysotile found in Hereford

A group of youngsters have been repeatedly making bonfires using abandoned asbestos roofing sheets.

Local residents in Sunbury Green, Hamilton, have watched the youths stacking up waste wood and branches on a patch of land over the past three evenings.

However, they have also tried to burn eight asbestos roof sheets which had been dumped at the site and been left broken and charred. The residents informed the city council to clear up the mess on Monday and an environmental health team was due to remove the dangerous material by Tuesday afternoon.

The city council is appealing for information about the fly-tippers responsible for discarding the waste. The assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services at Leicester City Council said “It defies belief that anyone would fly-tip asbestos at the site of a bonfire. Asbestos is known to be a hazardous material which should only be dealt with by specialist contractors. It shouldn’t be broken up and definitely shouldn’t be thrown into a fire”.

One resident who wants to remain anonymous said: “Over the past three of four nights, young people have been bringing materials on to the green just after it gets dark and setting fire to it.

“It happens every year, but this time they are trying to burn asbestos sheeting, which is dangerous and unacceptable”

EMS encourage individuals not to fly tip asbestos nor trying to burn it – if you have concerns about asbestos and would like advice then please call our expert team for free, impartial advice – 0800 3581100.