Nature reserve flytippers 'condemned'

The rubbish dumped included a bed, sofa and children's toys. Credit: The National Trust

The National Trust has condemned those responsible for tipping a massive amount of household waste on a local nature reserve in Horden on the County Durham coast.

Items dumped at Limekiln Gill included a bed, sofa, clothing and children's toys.

The waste has now been cleared.

Durham Coast rangers were alerted to the flytipping on May 3.

The National Trust says as well as being unsightly, waste like this can also damage the delicate ecosystem of an extremely rare habitat which is part of the Durham Heritage Coast, as well as harming wildlife that lives there.

The charity is working with Durham County Council to track down those responsible for the flytipping.