Fly-tippers have sparked a safety alert after allegedly dumping bags of potentially deadly asbestos near a children’s park.
Project manager Aaron Bradley, 30, raised the alarm this morning after spotting the potentially harmful industrial waste in Lancaster Way in Smith’s Wood .
He posted the images on Facebook to warn other residents to avoid the area, while Solihull Council sent an asbestos team to the scene. Bradley said;
“I posted the pictures on Facebook, so they wouldn’t go to the area. How can someone be so inconsiderate?”
Asbestos produces dust when it is left to decay and this can gradually but severely damage your lungs if you breathe it in. It is linked to many lung cancers.
As Bradley’s work at a mechanical company involves health and safety, he recognised the dangers of this mineral, which companies have to pay to dispose off safely. He said:
“In 15 years, a child can be diagnosed with lung cancer because someone didn’t dispose of it in the right way.
I understand it costs a lot of money, but the person who did this has put everyone’s life at risk.”
Locals have called for the prosecution of those responsible. A spokesman for Solihull Council said:
“We are aware of it and we are sending an asbestos team out there.”