December 5 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 11, 2013
A manager of a charity shop has spoken of her “frustration” after she was unable to open the store for hours because fly-tippers had dumped rubbish in the doorway.
Workers at Age UK’s shop in Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, went along to open up one weekday morning when they found bin liners and cardboard boxes full of rubbish lodged in the shop’s entrance.
The shop lost a whole morning’s trading as staff waited for council workers to clear away the mess.
Elaine Hodgson has been shop manager for five years and said the problem was getting worse.
She said: “We were unable to open the shop until 1.20pm. This is not the first time this has happened, but we never had rubbish placed at our charity shop to this scale.
“It was very dangerous for our staff, as we did not know what is in each bag and box. It was frustrating that we could not move the litter and had to wait for the local council to arrive and remove it. It caused a loss of income which supports our valuable services for older people in Suffolk.”
Within the rubbish was glass bottles, a vacuum cleaner, household rubbish and a push-chair
People who also use the shop to access advice on benefits were stuck outside waiting as the rubbish was cleared.
Mrs Hodgson said she was hopeful police would be able to track the offenders down from CCTV video footage.
A Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council spokeswoman said: “People should dispose of their waste responsibly either through the councils’ household waste collection service or at a licensed household waste and recycling site.
“If people leave waste outside a shop they could open themselves up to investigation for an offence of fly-tipping.”