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Chislehurst football pitches scattered with broken glass from 19th Century dump

PUBLISHED: 15:05 19 August 2013 | UPDATED: 15:05 19 August 2013

Dan Lambert holds shards of glass found on the turf  in Chislehurst Recreation Ground.

Dan Lambert holds shards of glass found on the turf in Chislehurst Recreation Ground.

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Shards of glass strewn across the football pitches at Chislehurst Recreation Ground are believed to have been unearthed from a 19th century rubbish dump.

Dan Lambert fears these shards could injure people if the council do not clean the site.Dan Lambert fears these shards could injure people if the council do not clean the site.

The pitches were recently resurfaced, with diggers churning up soil and rocks to insert drainage and plant new turf.

As time has gone on, the pitches have become covered in glass, which has made its way up from the ground.

A Bromley council spokesman said it is thought the debris is from a rubbish dump from the 19th or early 20th century.

The council has placed orange fencing around the site to warn people but Chislehurst resident Dan Lambert, of Walden Road, who spotted the glass a month ago, is concerned that the glass hasn’t been removed.

He said: “I thought before they seeded the area they would put some fresh top soil down free from glass, but they haven’t.

“Sooner of later someone will have a very nasty accident. There are large chunks of glass covering an area about the size of two or three football pitches.”

A council spokesman said: “The area remains fenced off both for safety reasons and to allow the grass to establish. We would ask residents to respect the fence and avoid using the area until further notice.”

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