A HUGE pile of hazardous roofing material has been dumped in the New Forest.

The fly-tippers struck at Dur Hill, near Burley, yesterday afternoon and are thought to have used a lorry to transport the waste.

A specialist vehicle will be needed to take it away.

A Forestry England spokesperson said: "Forestry England is appealing for information relating to a fly-tip that was dumped in the forest at Dur Hill.

"A huge pile of hazardous roofing panels and other waste were dumped.

"We are urging anyone who recognises the old garage or outbuilding to get in touch.

"It required a large lorry to dump this amount of rubbish, so if anyone saw a lorry driving in the area and has dash-cam footage of the load, please get in touch with us on 0300 067 4601, or via email southern.enquiries@forestryengland.uk. All information provided will be treated in confidence.

"Forestry England has arranged for the waste to be removed, but as it’s a larger than average fly-tip and may contain hazardous material it requires a specialist vehicle to clear it away.

"This recent incident is another example of the lack of respect some people have for the forest, its residents and wildlife.

"Working together, Forestry England and the local authority investigate fly-tips in an effort to trace it back to the offenders.

"Householders and businesses need to be aware of their own responsibilities for making sure their waste is disposed of properly and check the person they are using is licensed to do so.

"This can be easily checked on the Environment Agency website.”

New Forest councillor David Harrison said: "On a scale of irresponsible behaviour, this latest fly-tipping incident registers ten out of ten.

"I get so angry that anyone can be so ignorant, so uncaring about public safety and the special qualities of the New Forest that they decide to fly tip in our National Park.

"Surely, somebody must know or at least have a good idea where all this asbestos roofing came from?

"These people need to be identified, prosecuted, have their vehicles confiscated and given the maximum fines for participating in this environmental crime."

Cllr Harrison said anyone who thinks they know where the material has come from - and who dumped it - should call police on 101.