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Anger after huge pile of rubbish dumped outside church

By Thomas Parkes | Stafford | Environment | Published:

"There's a big wooden cross on the building which they must have driven past to tip the rubbish – I don't think people respect the church anymore."

A large pile of rubbish has been dumped outside St Bertelin's Church in Stafford. Photo: Elaine Evans

An "enormous" pile of rubbish has been dumped outside a church Staffordshire, almost blocking its entrance.

Vicar Elaine Evans, from St Bertelin's Church in Stafford, said she had been left "heartbroken" when she saw it.

A large pile of rubbish has been dumped outside St Bertelin's Church in Stafford. Photo: Elaine Evans

The large pile, which is outside the Holmcroft Road building, has been branded a "health hazard" – with visitors having to journey through a small pathway to gain entry.

The incident took place sometime between 8.30pm on January 21 and 8.30am on January 22.

Mrs Evans said: "It's taller than I am and I'm 5ft 9 and it's at least two large skips worth of rubbish – it stinks as well.

"I thought it would be a few bin bags and didn't expect this at all."

The scene has now been locked down by Staffordshire Police and the Environment Agency, preventing the church from removing the rubbish.

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"Because it's a large amount it's classed as a crime scene," she said.

"I've been in touch with the church's insurance because it's on private land which means the council won't remove it.

A large pile of rubbish has been dumped outside St Bertelin's Church in Stafford. Photo: Elaine Evans

"We have to remove it at our expense.

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"It's heartbreaking, really, because we've had to close the car park for the scout groups.

"I've had to say 'it's not available' because of this enormous pile of rubbish – and there's some shotgun cartridges, too."

The vicar is now calling on people to come forward if they had any information.

She said: "People didn't notice anything – and the only chance is that someone has looked out their window at the time it happened.

"Or if someone has CCTV of a dump truck filled with rubbish – and later when the rubbish is gone."

Anyone with information can call the church on 01785 220363

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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