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Fly-tippers drop the dead donkey.

A LIVE cat, 16 tonnes of building waste - and a dead donkey - were among 350 tonnes of rubbish dumped in a single forest last year.

The cat, covered in fighting scars and thrown out in an animal trap, was among 700 fly-tips cleared away.

The microchipped family pet was taken to a vet and reunited with its owners.

A dead donkey, a goat and several large dogs were also found dumped in Epping Forest which straddles north-east Greater London and Essex.

An Epping Forest Keepers spokesman said: "If it was not for staff the cat would have been loaded on to the incinerator at Edmonton."

On Thursday, Dwayne Simpson, 27, of Woodford Green, was fined PS505 by Chelmsford Magistrates Court after being found guilty of dumping building waste.

Forest Keeper Tristan Vetta said: "We were lucky enough to have insight from the police who were driving past the road when they spotted two men covered in mud."

The City of London Corporation said more than PS250,000 is spent annually to hire a team of nine to clear sites in Epping Forest and out of 350 tonnes collected from fly tippers last year only 45 tonnes was recyclable.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jan 25, 2015
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