Churchyard is branded a tip’
A CHURCHYARD has been branded a tip after empty cans, a headboard and even a mattress were found just yards from headstones. Items including a bedroom cabinet, bags full of cardboard and empty tins of tuna have been left among the rotting vegetation. Acc
A CHURCHYARD has been branded a tip after empty cans, a headboard and even a mattress were found just yards from headstones.
Items including a bedroom cabinet, bags full of cardboard and empty tins of tuna have been left among the rotting vegetation.
According to one visitor, loved ones are just a few feet away from the rubbish-strewn compost heap at St Mary's Parish Church in Great Dunmow.
Gill Green, 67, of Capel Road in Rayne, said: "It's not a compost heap, it's a dump. It's just getting worse."
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Mrs Green visits the churchyard every week to tend to her family's graves, first noticed the rubbish in July and believes the situation is getting worse.
She said: "I've not seen anyone taking anything away; you have to look after it yourself. There are two dustbins down there that should be for plastic flowers and paper only."
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Vicar David Ainge of St Mary's church was less concerned by the rubbish and said that the compost heap had been burned.
Mr Ainge said: "This is the second time it has been reported this year, it is not a regular feature. In the previous three years no-one else has mentioned it."
However, Mrs Green was more worried by the state of the compost heap and the type of rubbish which is being dumped.
She said: "It should only be for stuff that comes out of the churchyard, a lot of it is recyclable.
"All of my family have been given three recycling bins by the district council."
Dumping of waste or fly tipping is a criminal offence, punishable by a maximum £20,000 fine and/or a six-month imprisonment.