A DISPUTE between residents about the dumping of rubbish in a Newquay street almost came to blows on Monday.
Tempers flared and police were called after the pile of rubbish grew so big it blocked access to a public right of way, at the back of the post office on East Street.
Residents say there has been a problem with people dumping their rubbish for years and that Cornwall Council had even sent letters out to people advising them to put their refuse outside their own homes.
But on Monday the situation threatened to turn violent and police officers were called to calm the situation down at around 9.30am.
Russell Mullins, a Mount Wise resident, said the constant pile of rubbish was making Newquay look like a "poo hole".
He told the Cornish Guardian that he personally put all 32 black bags onto the rubbish collection van.
He said: "It is in the way of a clearly designated right of way. People are just dumping them there.
"The wind is westerly and the rubbish will end up all the way down to Aldi. It is turning Newquay into a poo hole.
"It does not look nice to tourists."
Newquay police said they attended the incident which involved a dispute among residents about rubbish.
They made no arrests and dealt with the incident at the scene. It has now been passed onto Cornwall Council to investigate.
One Trebarwith Crescent resident, who did not wish to be named, witnessed the incident.
She explained: "It all got a bit heated and then the police turned up. They should not be putting their rubbish there."
The resident added that there had been a problem with people dumping rubbish at the alleyway entrance for some time.
"It's not just this road, people living in the flats opposite the post office dump their rubbish there too," she said.
"It is a hazard and they [the bags] are blocking the alleyway.
"The bin men will collect it but the council has sent out letters to say people's rubbish should be put at the front of their houses.
"The fact that the council does not provide wheelie bins opens up a can of worms."