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Volunteers(left to right) Kendra Milne, Steve Stocks and Amy Hartnell pictured during the litter pick at Blackhall.

Volunteers(left to right) Kendra Milne, Steve Stocks and Amy Hartnell pictured during the litter pick at Blackhall.

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A COASTAL area that has been blighted by fly-tipping has been given a spring clean.

Representatives from Durham County Council, Durham Constabulary, Durham Heritage Coast and Natural England were joined by a team of volunteers to clean up the Denemouth area in Blackhall.

Four trailers of waste was picked up during the day-long campaign that included tyres, three-piece suites and a fridge freezer. The area was also made safe during the operation as some syringes were removed by specially trained handlers.

Ian Hoult, neighbourhoods protection manager at Durham County Council, said: “We carried out the clean up of the Denemouth area in response to complaints from local people about fly-tipping.

“Overall in County Durham we have seen a 20 per cent reduction in the number of incidents of fly-tipping in the last four years and we remain committed to tackling this issue.”

Contact Durham County Council on 03000 261000 to report fly-tipping.