Environment Agency alerted at Cumbrian demolition site.

A senior councillor is urging anyone from Cumbria who took up the offer of free rubble from the demolition of a local factory to contact the Environment Agency after discovering that the crushed rubble is riddled with asbestos.

Tom Knowles, a senior county councillor, said: “it seems to me that this has been a cowboy operation from beginning to end,” and called for those responsible to be brought to account.

Signs and banners offering ‘free crushed rubble’ at the Frizington site welcomed passers-by to help themselves to the potentially deadly material to use for garden paths or building work. The Environment Agency has warned that anyone who does have contaminated rubble will be responsible for disposing of it safely, and at their own expense.

The former Kangol site is owned by Lancashire-based Orm Developments, who had the factory knocked down as it is seeking planning to build 75 affordable houses on the site.