A TRIO of Burnley men have been out again, helping to clear a flytipping site of waste.

Damion Whitton, Bruce-Lee Knowles and Chris Taylor, who call themselves Northern Monkeys, became famous after clearing a site near their home town in October last year which had made national headlines.

The group are currently clearing a cold war bunker just past Hawks Stones on Kebs Road where they believe people have come to dump asbestos and rubbish over the years.

Damion, 38, said that when they arrived, the site was flooded and they have since pumped out the water and has a group member fix the water pump to stop the bunker from flooding again.

Damion, 38, said: "We discovered the site whilst out filming a YouTube video at an abandoned farm in the area - people had left in a sorry state and I knew we could do something about it.

"It’s massively infuriating to be honest - we’re miles away from town centres up there."

Damion, Bruce and Chris started Northern Monkeys during lockdown as an urban exploration group before stumbling across flytipping sites around Burnley.

The site, which they cleared last year, near Burnley was filled with rubbish bags and large items like fridges.

Damian, Bruce and Chris cleared the site themselves after confusion between councils over who owned the site led to the rubbish mounting up for years.

They gained a huge amount of followers after the clean-up went viral and have been stunned by the support they have received from the community.

He added: "The response is amazing. It seems like there is always somebody in our Facebook willing to help if we just ask. We had people help taking rubbish to Burnley tip from the site."

Executive member for community and environment at Burnley Council, Cllr Afrasiab Anwar said: "I think it's commendable what this group are doing but I think what it comes down to is that they shouldn't have to do that because of individuals that are coming and dumping their waste there.

"It's something that nobody wants to see and we want to take pride in our communities and our neighbourhoods."

In a bid to reduce fly tipping around the town, Burnley Council are currently trialling a half price their bulky waste collection, taking a collection of up to 4 items to £6.90, however 'white goods' will have a collection price of £6.90 each.