A PILE of 27 mattresses were found dumped in a car park in the New Forest.

The 27 items, which have since been removed by a waste contractor, were fly-tipped at Goatspen car park off Station Road, Burley and were discovered on January 30.

Forestry England says a ranger found the abandoned waste.

A statement from Forestry England said: “Sadly, this incident is another example of the lack of respect some people have for the New Forest, its residents and wildlife.

“Forestry England quickly arranged for the mattresses to be removed. Working together, Forestry England and the New Forest District Council actively investigate fly-tips in an effort to find the offenders, and fine those responsible whenever possible.

“If anyone has any information about this incident, please get in touch with Forestry England on 0300 067 4601, or via email southern.enquiries@forestryengland.uk. All information provided will be treated in confidence.”

Forestry England says the cost to remove the mattresses was £800 plus VAT.

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