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Tooting Common travellers' waste a 'disgrace'

Tooting Common
Image caption Rubbish including a sofa was left on Tooting Common
Tooting Common
Image caption The council called it an "absolute disgrace"
Tooting Common
Image caption Travellers in 19 cars and caravans left the waste, said Wandsworth Council
Totting Common
Image caption The council said it would cost thousands to clear the mess

Travellers who were evicted from a park after one day have left behind "tons of waste", a council said.

Rubble, mattresses, a sofa and other materials were dumped on Tooting Common in south-west London, prompting Wandsworth Council officials to call the mess "an absolute disgrace".

The group arrived in a fleet of 19 cars and caravans on Tuesday and left on Wednesday.

The council said cleaning up would cost thousands of pounds.

The travellers were threatened with legal action if they remained.

Richard Glassborrow, chairman of the Tooting management advisory committee said: "Fly tipping doesn't do it justice.

"It's upset everyone who uses the common and appreciates it."

Jonathan Cook, the council's environment spokesman, said: "What has been left behind on the common is an absolute disgrace.

"The culprits have dumped tons of waste in what is a beautiful and much loved wood that exists for the benefit of the entire community."

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