A Scarborough resident was forced to take action after he found a rotting pig’s trotter among rubbish dumped in an alleyway behind his home.
Martin Dutton, 49, of Sussex Street, compared it to “living in a slum” and lodged a series of complaints with the borough council after spotting rats near his property.
As a result, the authority has now removed the waste and has launched an investigation in a bid to catch the culprits.
Mr Dutton said: “I’m horrified and disgusted by what I have found. There is everything down there from nappies, old TVs, dog waste, food and a pig’s trotter, which was the icing on the cake for me. The alleyway belongs to residents and people are using it as a dumping ground. It’s an epidemic waiting to happen.”
Mr Dutton first complained to the council in September as he was worried the rubbish would lead to a rat infestation, but no action was taken despite an officer visiting the site. When he discovered the decaying animal flesh last weekend, he decided to file an official complaint every day until action was taken.
The council said residents were responsible for the private gated alley, which had limited its ability to intervene. However, the authority stepped-in and cleaned up the litter on Tuesday amid growing concerns it was becoming a public health risk.