PEOPLE living alongside a stream in Cramlington have been cleaning it up in the hope of cutting the risk of it flooding.
More than 20 neighbours of Horton Burn in Northburn took part in the tidy-up, removing rubbish including bottles, radiators and shopping trollies.
The burn clean-up was organised by Wayne Daley, county councillor for Cramlington North.
He said: “The day was a great success, with over 20 local residents and children giving up their time to clean up the area.
“The message is clear now – don’t dump waste or rubbish into the burn.
“We were horrified to find old window frames, bottles, soft drink cans, dog waste in plastic bags and even plastic pipes dumped.
“Many of the children came along because they understand that apart from being a nice feature, the burn is home to fish, water voles and herons.
“Anyone who dumps into the burn should be ashamed after local people had to pick up their mess.”
Residents are now planning to set up a friends of the burn group, and they will hold their first meeting on Monday.
For details, contact Coun Daley on (01670) 713286 or via www.waynedaley.com/blog