An investigation is underway to try to find the fly-tipper who dumped 30 bags of rubbish at a beauty spot.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council investigators have searched through the rubbish in the hunt for clues.
The bags were discovered abandoned within Whitfield Valley Nature Reserve – between Chell Heath and Ball Green – on Tuesday morning.
Now a dad and his young daughter have been praised for helping to shift some of the waste.
A council spokesman said: “Our crews responded to the overnight dumping of 30 black bags of waste that were strewn across the entrance to Whitfield Valley Nature Reserve.
“We thank the kind-hearted residents who reported this fly-tipping and public-spiritedly moved the mess away from the footpath.
“Our environmental crime unit has examined the waste and is investigating evidence to find the culprit and take action against them. Clean-up crews were on site quickly and filled a wagon with the dumped rubbish.”
The dad and daughter were a great help to a Norton personal trainer who had started to move the abandoned rubbish. The girl was aged around seven and the woman has contacted her school to pass on her thanks.
The 39-year-old said: “The guy was taking his daughter to school and they just jumped out of the car and helped me. I’ve just sent the headmaster an email to say she should be recognised for helping out. A lot of people would normally just leave it to me.
“One of the team went through the bags and found an address. So hopefully something comes of it.
“I’d just like the little girl to get some recognition. She was only about six or seven years old and she just got stuck in, no questions asked, she was an absolute little star.”
City councillor Candi Chetwynd has praised the trio’s efforts.
She said: “What an excellent display of community spirit. I hope this superstar little girl comes forward and can be recognised for her civic achievement and serve as an example to others in the community.
“It’s such a shame that we are constantly dealing with dumping in our city, and especially in my ward. I hope the culprit can be brought to justice.”