A councillor is appealing for information after a trailer filled with asbestos roof sheeting was left in a back alleyway.

Darwen councillor, Dave Smith, contacted the Lancashire Telegraph after noticing the trailer, which had been left in the alley between Baron Street and Barley Bank Street, hadn't moved in more than two weeks.

Cllr Smith said: "This trailer has suddenly appeared in the back street and has been there for about two and a half weeks.

"It disrupted the bin collection last week as they couldn't get down to collect the recycling.

"Unfortunately the axle on the trailer appears to be broken so it can't be wheeled out of the alley.

"What I'm more concerned about though is that the council may now have to get a specialised team out to safely remove the asbestos.

"There's also the danger to people living round there, especially kids who might be out playing, not to mention attracting other fly tippers."

Councillor Smith said that if anyone knows whose trailer it is they need to let the council know.

He added: "It could be someone doing a job who's just removed the asbestos and then dumped it in the back alley. It's bizarre.

"It's so big and heavy that you can't move it at all."

Anyone with any information should contact the council's environment department at blackburn.gov.uk/environment.