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Newspaper flies drone to expose ‘disgraceful’ dump

A weekly newspaper took to the skies to highlight the sheer size of an “enormous and disgraceful” dump which has caused misery for its readers.

The South London-based News Shopper series flew its own office drone over the tip to illuminate the problem caused by the huge rubbish pile in St Paul’s Cray, on the outskirts of the capital.

The stunt forms part of the Shopper’s campaign to get dump owner Waste4Fuel and the Environment Agency to clear up the rubbish by next winter.

The drone, known as the Shopper Chopper, took part in a 10-minute flight over the site piloted by editor Andy Parkes.

An image from the drone's flight over the dump, piloted by editor Andy Parkes (inset)

An image from the drone’s flight over the dump, piloted by editor Andy Parkes (inset)

He said: “This amazing piece of kit now allows us to bring our readers news and images from a whole different viewpoint.

“It clearly shows just how enormous and disgraceful this site is.

“There’s no hiding from the Shopper Chopper.”

The Shopper has previously reported dozens of fires at the site and some locals suggesting the pile of rubbish smells of “rotting corpses”.

Waste4Fuel’s licence to operate the site was revoked in October, but no moves have been made to downsize the pile since.

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