Published: 17:08, 02 December 2019
| Updated: 17:50, 02 December 2019
A large number of carrier bags containing asbestos has been dumped near homes in Ashford.
The was alerted to the fly-tipping outside a block of garages in Bybrook Road, Kennington.
The waste, which includes asbestos sheets, loft insulation and household items, was dumped on Friday, but has not yet been removed.
The area has been cordoned off and the council says contractors will clear it is soon as possible.
Residents are advised not to approach or handle the harmful material.
Asbestos was used to insulate buildings before its dangers were known.
The material is now banned in the UK, although buildings constructed before 2000 may still contain asbestos.
It is only when the fibres are disturbed that it can be released into the air and pose a threat.
Asbestos exposure can increase the risk of developing asbestosis, mesothelioma or lung cancer.
Ashford Borough Council is asking anyone that noticed any unusual activity or has CCTV installed at their property to get in touch.
Residents who have recently had loft insulation replaced or paid for asbestos sheeting to be removed should also contact the council.
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