Builder clears mess from church

A COMMUNITY-SPIRITED builder who anonymously cleared mess left by fly-tippers from his local church has today been thanked – after his identity was revealed during a conversation down the pub.

A COMMUNITY-SPIRITED builder who anonymously cleared mess left by fly-tippers from his local church has today been thanked – after his identity was revealed during a conversation down the pub.

Wayne Caley, from Thornhill Road, Claydon, cleaned up the pile if rubbish dumped at the Church of St Mary and St Peter, Barham, after reading about it in Wednesday's Evening Star.

Mr Caley said he did not expect any praise as it was "what anyone would have done" but the church can now extend its thanks after his kindness was talked about in the local pub.

Mr Caley, owner of Claydon Aggregates, said: "I didn't think about telling anyone.

"I just knew the church wanted to get rid of it as soon as possible and half expected someone else would have already taken it.

"I couldn't believe someone had the front to dump it. It's unbelievable what some people would do.

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"A lot of people probably blamed local builders but I'm sure none of the guys I know would have done this.

"I'm just glad I could help but it's what anyone would have done."

The pile of rubble, burnt wood and rusty metal was left next to gravestones at the church sometime between Sunday August 29, and last Thursday, when it was discovered.

It was church treasurer Roger Colthorpe who heard about Mr Caley's good deed.

He said: "It was very generous of Wayne and we are all very pleased to see the eyesore removed.

"We would still like to know how it got there in the first place though."

Rev Tom Broadbent, priest-in-charge, said: "Volunteers spend a lot of time keeping the area looking nice for when we have services and when people visit the graves of their loved ones.

"We are glad the area can be enjoyed once again."

The Evening Star is still offering a £500 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the conviction of the fly-tippers as part of its Dump the Dumpers campaign.

If you have any information about how the rubbish got there contact Paul Lewis, environmental co-ordinator for Mid Suffolk district council, on 01449 727422 or write to Mid Suffolk district council, 131 High Street, Needham Market, IP6 8DL.

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