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Flytipper left his name and address in rubbish
A SUSPECTED litter lout’s name and address has been passed to police after being found among waste dumped in a city street.
A police search form with the 35-year-old Oxford man’s personal details on was discovered among the six bags in footpaths near Donnington Community Centre.
Oxford Civic Society volunteers found the waste in Donnington Bridge Road and Freelands Road on Saturday morning.
Volunteer David Williams – also leader of the Green Party on Oxford City Council – said: “It is very rare to see rubbish there because it is so well used. People usually go to quiet places where they can’t be seen.”
Mr Williams speculated the person who dumped the waste was taking advantage of OxClean, an annual volunteer-led spring clean up of the city.
“They may well have thought ‘OxClean is coming down today so we’ll dump this stuff here’.”
Among the other items left on the street were broken household objects, old food in bags and disposable nappies.
Bicycles and television sets were also found in Meadow Lane Nature Reserve.
Mr Williams said: “It is unbelievable that people go out of their way to do that when it is easier to take it to the recycling centre at Redbridge.”
He said of those who dump waste: “The mentality of people to do that is mind boggling.”
Donnington Tenants’ and Residents’ Association member Dr David Newman, 60, said: “We were expecting to put in a couple of hours. But here was a bit of extra work which we hadn’t expected.”
Thames Valley Police and Oxford City Council have yet to comment.
OxClean was held last weekend and involved 127 community groups and more than 2,000 people, equal to the record turnout of 2011.
More than 1,000 sacks weighing 7,080kg were collected along with scrap and flytipping.
A spokesman said: “Spring Clean 2013 again demonstrated an impressive commitment to a cleaner Oxford to community spirit and civic pride.
“Huge quantities of litter and scrap that had been blighting our beautiful city were cleared away and awareness of the litter problem raised.
“In addition to neighbourhood streets, a number of other public places were tackled – car parks, stretches of the ring road, parks, recreation grounds, allotments, nature reserves, roundabouts.”
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