Ric Mears prepares to remove a freezer from the River Uck. This picture was posted by Neil Kerridge on the Brighter Uckfield Facebook page.

Volunteers remove dumped freezer from Uckfield river

Uckfield people outraged after hearing about a chest freezer fly-tipped into the River Uck have praised volunteers who removed it last night.

The old freezer and cardboard packaging from a new one were spotted earlier this week by resident Josh Gibbens who posted a picture on the Uckfield Talk Facebook page.

He reported it to Wealden Council but it was Neil Kerridge from Brighter Uckfield, helped by another resident Ric Mears, who managed to drag the freezer out of the river. Ric was then going to take it to the dump.

Neil said, on the Brighter Uckfield Facebook page, that removal was a difficult job and this highlighted even more how “disgusting” it was that somebody could fly tip the freezer in the first place.

He added there was evidence which may lead to the perpetrator. “It is pretty certain that the box, for an identically-sized new chest freezer bought a couple of weeks ago at Currys in Eastbourne, was dumped with it, and it has enough details on the label to track down its purchase and hopefully the person who did this.”

Neil accepted the buyer of the freezer might not be the person who dumped the freezer but hoped they would be able to lead investigators to the person who did.

“The whole river bank was also covered in McDonalds litter, and beer and Red Bull cans … why do people think that it’s ok to do this,” he said.

Josh said: “A big thank you to Neil Kerridge and Ric Mears. Their assistance and help has been invaluable in getting the freezer removed from the River Uck.”

He added: “The response this has generated has been fantastic as well as the fact that the local community is rightly disgusted and has come together makes me proud to be an Uckfield resident.”

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