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Mystery of Barnoldswick country lane litter bug
A BIZARRE littering problem, where thousands of pieces of cut-up paper have been repeatedly dumped on a country lane, is being investigated.
Pendle Council’s Environmental Crime Team has received several complaints from residents about the problem, which has blighted Calf Hall Lane, Barnoldswick.
Although similar problems date back to previous years, the latest spate of littering has been happening for the past eight months, up to four times a week.
A range of magazines, holiday brochures and copies of local newspapers have been cut up and taken to the lane to be littered on the road, footpaths and hedgerows.
They appear to have been cut to size using a guillotine.
David Alexander, senior environmental crime officer, said: “The person responsible is deliberately and methodically cutting up newspapers and magazines into identical two inch squares then taking them to Calf Hall Lane to scatter.
“Although it has happened at any time throughout the day, most recently the papers have been dumped on the lane between 7am and 8.30am.”
This is not the first time there has been a litter problem on the lane.
A previous bout of this type of littering ended around a year ago.
One nearby resident has even bought surveillance equipment in a bid to gather enough evidence to catch the culprit.
Coun James Starkie, who leads waste and environmental health in Pendle, said: “This is a peculiar offence, more akin to a TV mystery than our normal work of litter picking.
“However, it is obviously a deliberate action.
“When found, the culprit will be taken to court.”