Residents fighting a green belt land battle with travellers found toxic waste dumped near their protest camp.

Members of Residents Against Inappropriate Development found containers and car motor waste labelled “toxic”, “flammable” and “hazardous waste” at Meriden, near Solihull.

Solihull Council called out workers to clean up the mess over the weekend but group chairman David McGrath asked for an investigation into Friday’s incident.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” he said. “I saw a range of car-related debris which looked like it had come from a garage. There were old filters and bits of body panels and bin bags.

“None of the residents can remember this happening before. This was systematic, dumping in nine separate areas.”

The residents are fighting to have a group of travellers removed from green belt land and formed their own protest camp in response. Now both sides of the dispute have been ordered to remove their structures.

A Solihull Council spokeswoman confirmed items were illegally dumped over the weekend, including furniture and engine oil containers.

The spokeswoman said: “There was nothing to indicate who may have dumped them.”

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