Furious homeowners have slammed shameless fly-tippers after a huge 16ft mountain of rubbish was dumped in the middle of their residential street.
Residents were left gobsmacked after they woke up to discover the festering pile of waste had been brazenly left on their doorsteps on Wednesday morning.
Shocking pictures show the disgusting heap – which is about the size of a van – abandoned on Bilhay Lane, in West Bromwich, West Mids.
Piles of household rubbish including carpets, pipes, black bags and even street bollards can be seen blocking almost the entire street, making the road impassable.
Fed-up locals are now calling for CCTV to be installed around the area to deter fly-tippers following a spate of similar incidents in the area.
Mum-of-one Tina Blackmore, 29, who lives on the road, said: “It stinks and I’ve seen rats running about, I fear for the health of my little girl.
“I couldn’t believe it when I opened my door and spotted it the other day – it is absolutely huge and the council haven’t cleared it away yet either.
“We’ve had problems with fly-tipping before but I’ve never seen anything like this. Its left the place looking like a landfill site and its like living in a Third World country.
“We’re worried enough about our health at the minute with the virus, so this is the last thing we need.”
Local resident Charlotte Mason, 33, added: “It is disgusting and you just can’t believe some people could be so thoughtless.
“There’s everything from crates, carpet, plastic rubbish, football cards, crisps and sweet wrappers to a street bollard. It’s an absolute eyesore.”
MP for West Bromwich East Nicola Richards wrote on Facebook : “That is absolutely shocking.
“I’ll be writing to the council. There’s far too much fly-tipping across the whole constituency but that is on another level.”
Other residents expressed their disgust on social media, with Sue Meaden commenting: “That’s so disgusting yet again we are turning into one big skip.
“Enough is enough council get it sorted and big fines issued to make them clean it up and still pay a fine scum these people are.”
Gemma Arnold wrote: “How on earth did nobody hear anything with that much being dumped? Someone needs to get the council to install CCTV.”
Andrea Ward said: “Whoever dumped that rubbish should be put in prison!
“We are drowning in rubbish, even the countryside isn’t safe, fast food wrappers, drinks cartons every conceivable bit of junk because the filthy people couldn’t be bothered to take their stuff home.
“I got in touch with the council and they sent me some litter pickers so I’m going to try and do my bit.”
Diane Clay added: “That’s actually a danger to life, no emergency vehicle could go past that, filthy scumbags.”
Anyone caught fly-tipping and illegally depositing waste could face a fine of up to £20,000 or even prison.
Councillor Maria Crompton, deputy leader of Sandwell Council, said: “It is absolutely devastating to see this amount of rubbish dumped illegally.
“Fly-tipping is a dreadful environmental crime and the council and the people of Sandwell will not tolerate it.
“We will continue in our fight against selfish people who dump rubbish.
“Our teams are working to clear the site and with the Environment Agency we will investigate and seek to prosecute those responsible.