Charity shop fly-tipping a 'real concern'

Dorothy House Hospice Care shop in Melksham Unsellable items including sofas, beds and TVs have been left outside a charity shop

Related Stories

A hospice charity in Wiltshire says fly-tipping outside its retail shops is becoming "a real concern".

Three sofas, two beds, three TVs and one sideboard, all unsellable, were this week dumped outside the Dorothy House Hospice Care shop in Melksham.

The shop's manager said it was happening on a regular basis but this was "by far the worst example".

The charity said it was a "clear case of littering on a large scale" and "not a donation left in good faith".

'Devastating'

James McDonald, the director of retail for the Winsley-based charity, said: "We have to dispose of it because of the obstruction, health and safety issues and fire risk.

"With the firework season just around the corner the mix of a stray firework and a bone-dry mattress could be devastating.

"We are extremely grateful for everyone who donates items to Dorothy House, our shops rely on their generosity, but wilful fly-tipping is not just unhelpful, it could be downright dangerous."

The charity said there were clear signs outside all of its retail shops for people to only leave donations during shop hours, when there are staff available.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Wiltshire

Weather

Swindon

Min. Night 16 °C

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.