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Haverhill litter-busters shocked at discovery of knife and smashed bottle at BMX track on Puddlebrook and the upper Clements estate area



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Community litter pickers were shocked to discover a knife with a six inch blade and the jagged, dangerous remains of a glass bottle at a BMX track used by children.

Volunteers from the litter picking group Keep Haverhill Tidy were cleaning up parts of Puddlebrook and the upper Clements estate area on Sunday when they made the disturbing finds.

Joe Mason, founder of the popular Facebook group, Keep Haverhill Tidy, which now has nearly 1,000 members, said: “It’s not unusual to find litter in any community.

Joe Mason with the knife found at the BMX track in Greenfields Way, Haverhill. Contributed picture
Joe Mason with the knife found at the BMX track in Greenfields Way, Haverhill. Contributed picture

"Some litter is windblown and accidental, unfortunately we still have some members of our community that have little regard for the appearance of their locality.

“This is such a shame. I know there are people who do really care and want to make a difference by regularly litter picking in this area, but today’s finds were quite disturbing.

“Beyond the usual plastic bottles and crisp packets, there were numerous examples of fly tipping on the estate including, for example, furniture, mattresses, a deflated swimming pool and a derelict car left on a pavement that presented a hazard to anyone passing by.”

Lisa Mason with the broken vodka bottle found at the pump track. Contributed picture
Lisa Mason with the broken vodka bottle found at the pump track. Contributed picture

At the pump track on Greenfields Way, Joe found a knife with a six inch blade and on the track itself, local dance school teacher and litter picker Lisa Mason swept up the remains of a smashed vodka bottle.

Joe added: “These play areas should be safe areas and it is so sad to see the evidence of people engaging in anti-social and what must most likely be illegal behaviour.”

Lisa said: “We were glad to take this knife away and dispose of it at the knife deposit box at the local police station. I shudder to think what injuries could have been caused here and I am now worried about the safety of our young people that use these facilities.”

Joe Mason and the team of litter pickers from Keep Haverhill Tidy. Contributed picture (58417774)
Joe Mason and the team of litter pickers from Keep Haverhill Tidy. Contributed picture (58417774)

Other litter pickers, including regular volunteer Keith Humphries found evidence of four campfire sites.

Keith said: “These fires were all close to the long and dry grass. These were obviously a huge danger to people, property and wildlife.

“One drinking den was also found containing bottles and cans that filled a whole rubbish bag.

“These are playing fields, but there were literally hundreds of deposits of dog faeces.”

This was one of the sights that greeted the volunteers from Keep Haverhill Tidy. Contributed picture
This was one of the sights that greeted the volunteers from Keep Haverhill Tidy. Contributed picture

Other items found in the woods included two pallets, a broken dog cage and a car tyre. The group was not able to clear everything away and plan to return to the woods to continue the clear-up.

Joe said: “Keep Haverhill Tidy keeps going from strength to strength and clearly our members are people who care a lot about their locality.

“I do understand that it is not the whole community littering and fly-tipping and that often a lot can be caused by just a few inconsiderate people.

“I am eager to encourage more people to get involved and by doing so become a positive role model by raising awareness and communicating the need that we all need to look after our shared spaces and not just leave waste for others to clear away.”