Brian Cavill collects 100th bag of rubbish in Liden

76-year-old Brian Cavill, who has collected 100 bags of rubbish in Liden

76-year-old Brian Cavill, who has collected 100 bags of rubbish in Liden

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A ONE-MAN volunteer litter patrol has collected his 100th bag of rubbish.

Brian Cavill is a 76-year-old retired photographer who lives in Ridge Nether Moor, Liden.

In June, appalled by litter strewn around his neighbourhood, he donned a high-vis jacket, armed himself with refuse bags and a mechanical grabber, and set out to battle the plague.

Within a month he’d filled 17 bags and by August the total had reached 50.

His 100th bag was filled on a patch of fenced-off ground near the Liden branch of Tesco.

The public-spirited pensioner has no intention of ending his crusade.

He said: “Doing this gets me out, keeps me fittish and gives me something to do. Otherwise I’d be sat at home going to sleep.

“I’m very pleased to be clearing the litter, but at the same time I would rather people didn’t drop it in the first place.

“I wish people would just put it in a bin or take it home with them.”

In the past five months, Brian has filled bags with thousands of drinks cans, plastic bottles, snack wrappers, fast food trays, crisp packets and other rubbish. He’s picked up car wheels, broken electrical goods and in one case an intact VCR. Everything is taken away by the council.

Members of the public regularly stop to congratulate him.

Brian tries not to become angry about the littering but sometimes it’s difficult.

“What really annoys me,” he said, “is coming down Liden or Eldene Drive and seeing things that have just been thrown out of cars.”

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11:56am Tue 13 Nov 12

Bobfm , says...

Well done Brian. If it wasn't for people like him we'd notice the cuts to Council services even more because that litter would just pile up.
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That said, shame the morons who drop it in the first place can't be a little less lazy and thoughtless.
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Perhaps Tescos and the like might like to sponsor Brian in some way?
Well done Brian. If it wasn't for people like him we'd notice the cuts to Council services even more because that litter would just pile up. . That said, shame the morons who drop it in the first place can't be a little less lazy and thoughtless. . Perhaps Tescos and the like might like to sponsor Brian in some way? Bobfm ,
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12:49pm Tue 13 Nov 12

PaulD says...

and I bet he does a far better job than the council too
and I bet he does a far better job than the council too PaulD
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5:49pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Mushymushy says...

I was in the park yesterday when I saw a pair of young lads walking through on the way home from kingsdown school I watched as 1 lad chucked his very large crisp packet on the floor,he was only 20 yards from the bin.i called over to say he dropped something he stared in a state of shock so i pointed to the crisp packet and shouted over put it in the bin,he then picked it up and walked off behind a hedge when he appeared on the other side he was minus the bag as I approached I saw the bag in the bush.i picked up the bag.the 2 boys were now some distance so I shouted that he had lost something and waved the bag at him,he shouted back something so I jogged over and he ran off when I caught up with the other boy I told him his mate had lost something ,his mate did know what to say so I asked him why his mate would not put it in the bin,he just replied he doesn't listen to anybody.i went and put it in the bin.the litter bug ran off into the penhill estate which does not surprise me that he lived there.but that is the youth of today.fair play to the old guy in Liden if I see him i will buy him a pint in the liden arms
I was in the park yesterday when I saw a pair of young lads walking through on the way home from kingsdown school I watched as 1 lad chucked his very large crisp packet on the floor,he was only 20 yards from the bin.i called over to say he dropped something he stared in a state of shock so i pointed to the crisp packet and shouted over put it in the bin,he then picked it up and walked off behind a hedge when he appeared on the other side he was minus the bag as I approached I saw the bag in the bush.i picked up the bag.the 2 boys were now some distance so I shouted that he had lost something and waved the bag at him,he shouted back something so I jogged over and he ran off when I caught up with the other boy I told him his mate had lost something ,his mate did know what to say so I asked him why his mate would not put it in the bin,he just replied he doesn't listen to anybody.i went and put it in the bin.the litter bug ran off into the penhill estate which does not surprise me that he lived there.but that is the youth of today.fair play to the old guy in Liden if I see him i will buy him a pint in the liden arms Mushymushy
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