Motorbikes, scooters, bicycles, wheelie bins and a crossbow bolt are among the things pulled out of a Sunderland pond during a council clean-up.
Council workers also found gas bottles, mattresses, doors and door frames all dumped in the pond at the Downhill Community Sports Complex by thoughtless flytippers.
The clean up was prompted by Redhill councillors Cllr Ronny Davison and Cllr Paul Stewart in response to concerns of local residents about the state of the pond.
Now a Sunderland councillor is appealing to the public to help look after the pond following its major clean-up.
Councillor Amy Wilson, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, said:
“It’s unbelievable the amount of rubbish that came out of there during the clean up and absolutely shameful that anyone would think it’s okay to dump waste in a pond in the first place.”
“You only have to look at the ‘before’ pictures to see the horrendous filth the poor swans were having to swim around in.”
“The clean up has made an amazing difference both to the appearance of the pond and to swimming conditions for the swans and I’d appeal to everyone to help us keep it that way and if you do see anyone dumping anything there to report it.”
People can report fly-tipping and litter to the council at Sunderland.gov.uk or on 0191 520 5550 or to your local ward councillor.
Since February 2017, there have been more than 1,300 Formal Warnings and Notices and 173 Fixed Penalty Notices for environmental crimes across the city, including littering, dog fouling and fly-tipping.
Here’s how the pond now looks following the clean up operation.