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Litterbug cops create eyesore

A TIDBURY Green man is fuming after a mountain of furniture was left piled up outside a neighbour’s home following a police raid.

A TIDBURY Green man is fuming after a mountain of furniture was left piled up outside a neighbour’s home following a police raid.

Mark Payton said that officers had scoured the address, in Norton Lane, a fortnight ago - removing belongings from the house.

But after West Mercia Police had finished their search, carried out over several days, they left the possessions outside.

A washing machine, fridge freezer and cooker were among the household items left out on the garden.

Mr Payton branded the pile “an eyesore” and said that scrap metal merchants had already run off with some items.

This week, he called on the police to clear-up the objects and said he had contacted Environmental Health.

“I find it incredible that in this day and age, the police or council can’t move this mess,” said the 50-year-old.

“When the police were searching the house we were friendly and made them cups of tea, now they’ve left us with this.”

Solihull Council said it was “an unusual case” and that responsibility to clear-up would usually lie with the homeowner.

But with the property now empty, they’ve asked police to move the objects and will be monitoring the situation.

Some of the belongings were put in a skip last week, but this has not been removed and some rubbish is still strewn on the ground.

The address was searched as part of a police investigation - a 64-year-old, from Solihull, has been charged with firearms offences.

A West Mercia Police spokeswoman was unable to confirm when the items would be moved.

 

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