FLY-TIPPERS who dumped asbestos roof tiles on a Wroxall bridleway have been branded 'dangerous and anti-social.'

It will cost taxpayers more than £2,200 to remove the tiles and facia boards, all of which have tested positive for chrysotile, or white asbestos, fibres.

The Isle of Wight Council said it would do everything in its power to track down the culprits and prosecute them for their crime.

A cordon was placed around the material after it was discovered on September 14, and it will be removed by a specialist team on Monday.

The council said the removal operation would cost more than £2,200.

The cabinet member responsible for for waste, Cllr Michael Murwill, said: "This was an anti-social and dangerous thing to do that could have harmed the public and we will do all we can to find the culprits and prosecute them for their crime.

"Council staff and our waste contractor Amey did a great job making sure the material was properly handled, tested and safely isolated after it was reported so this fly tip didn’t cause any harm to residents in this case.

"However, I would ask the public to look closely at the picture of the debris to see whether they can recognise where it might have come from. Are there any houses or buildings near you who have been refurbished lately that might have had these tiles on them?

"If you recognise them contact the council. We want to find who did this and make sure they answer for their actions."

Chrysotile asbestos is the most common form of asbestos and considered less dangerous than other types. However, most authorities still consider it hazardous to humans."

A Wroxall resident first reported the fly-tipping to ward Cllr Rodney Downer, who asked the council to investigate.