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Man 'can't get into home' because of 8ft mound of rubbish from next door

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A man has claimed he could not get into his home after an 8ft mound of rubbish was dumped by his doorstep.

Paul Stephenson, 63, said he had to clear a safe passage to get to his house after workmen gutted the neighbouring property and allegedly flung bricks, plaster and furniture on the floor below.

The charity worker claims rubbish has been piling up for more than a month on Harborne Lane, south Birmingham.

He said: 'Thursday was the final straw. It just cascaded down. I actually had to move items to get into my own house.

'I had to move a heavy door, bed and other stuff. Thankfully, I'm able bodied. If I wasn't, I'd be in big trouble.

'It stinks as well and there's the constant problem of walking it through the house.'

Paul, who has lived in the house all his life, has complained to Birmingham City Council over fly-tipping and potential vermin problems.

He says he has also contacted the fire service.

'That's one of my big fears,' he added. 'Late at night, you get people sitting on the wall and smoking cigarettes. I worry the whole lot could go up.

'It's a public hazard. It's a godsend the rain has dampened it down. There's no skip. The workmen come and go at odd hours.

'I find it totally disrespectful and the problem is I can't find anyone who can do something about it. The stuff on the pavement is a safety issue.

'The fire service say they can't do anything because it's a private property. It's nonsensical.

'The irony is I've spent years taking part in voluntary litter-picks and I've got this on my doorstep.

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: 'This matter is currently under investigation in an attempt to resolve the issues as soon as possible.'

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