Clean-up of Shropshire rubbish 'mountain' to cost £40,000

The pile of rubbish Image copyright Shropshire Star
Image caption The rubbish, on land owned by Network Rail, was first spotted in December

Work has started to remove about 200 tonnes of rubbish dumped near a popular steam railway attraction in Shropshire.

The waste, which includes soft toys, plastic bags and photographs, was discovered by the charity that operates Telford Steam Railway.

The rubbish on the Network Rail-owned site, near the A4169 near Horsehay, was first discovered in December.

The firm said the clean-up, which will cost about £40,000, is expected to finish on Wednesday.

Image caption The clean-up is expected to be complete by Wednesday

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Alan Edge, from Network Rail, said it was believed the rubbish had taken a "couple of days" to dump and was not "normal fly-tipping".

"This has has gone through a recycling process, it's been shredded by someone and for some reason it's ended up on our property," he said.

Mr Edge said the contractors would be using grab lorries to remove the litter.

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