Dumb dumpers left piles of dangerous asbestos close to homes in Paisley.
Cops on patrol discovered the toxic material in gardens used by families behind Woodside Crescent, in the Ferguslie area of the town, on Friday night.
Renfrewshire Council is arranging a specialist uplift of the waste, which was left among grass and flowers.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “On Friday evening officers were on patrol when they found asbestos dumped in the gardens at the rear of Woodside Crescent.
“Renfrewshire Council have made arrangements to have it safely removed.”
Officers also asked anyone with information about who left the asbestos at the site to get in touch, adding, “Fly-tipping is illegal and potentially dangerous.”
If someone is found guilty of fly-tipping they can be fined up to £40,000 and imprisoned for 12 months.
The Health and Safety Executive says that asbestos causes around 5,000 people in the UK every year and can cause a range of illnesses.
When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air.
When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious lung diseases, including mesothelioma and lung cancer.
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