Council wardens have been forced to take action after residents in County Durham have ditched bin bags, furniture and even poo in their gardens.

Neighbourhood wardens from Durham County Council have been dealing with yard areas in the Dean Bank area of Ferryhill after some residents failed to respond to notices handed to them. 

After receiving reports from neighbouring properties, the council team were forced to take action, which saw bin bags full of rubbish, chairs, tables, electronics and several piles of poo were seen piled. 

The Northern Echo: Bin bags that were ditched in FerryhillBin bags that were ditched in Ferryhill (Image: DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL)

Images of the gardens in Ferryhill were shared by the Durham County Council wardens to highlight how bad the properties have got and to warn others about the need to clear their yards. 

The Northern Echo: A trashed garden in Ferryhill A trashed garden in Ferryhill (Image: DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL)

Alongside the images, the neighbourhood team also put out the caption: "The Ferryhill Neighbourhood Warden has been dealing with some properties in the Dean Bank area, notices were served on the property owners who failed to respond so will now be charged for the costs involved in clearing the waste and the officer's time.

"To report issues of waste in yards and gardens please call 03000 260000 or use the online reporting system."

Meanwhile. the Neighbourhood Warden for the Cockton Hill area of Bishop Auckland have been busy continuing to deal with waste in yards and gardens - with the team sharing photos of empty properties at Tivoli Place.