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Shocked street cleaners find large dead python in Grimsby street

8:50 am, Wednesday, 9th March 2022 - 2 years ago

Bins, waste and recycling

Street cleaners from North East Lincolnshire Council were shocked to find a large python among some rubbish in a Grimsby street.

They found the dead snake on Monday morning. It was hidden among some bin bags left by a hedge at the corner of Thorold Street and Park Street.

Although the team aren’t reptile experts, they think it’s an albino Burmese python.

Burmese pythons are among the largest snakes in the world and the specimen they found felt very heavy. Although they haven’t unravelled it, they think it’s at least 10 feet long.

This isn’t the first-time street cleaners have found a snake. In 2020 they found a six-foot long snake in Newmarket Street, Grimsby.

John Munson, deputy street cleansing manager, said:

“Our job is full of surprises, but this was a total shock for our team.

“You don’t turn up for work on a Monday morning expecting to find a massive snake dumped behind a hedge.

“None of us have plucked up the courage to fully unravel it, but it looks huge and weighs a fair bit.”

It is not known how long the snake had been there, but it is most likely a household pet that has died and been dumped.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said:

“We’re keen to speak to the snake’s owner so we can find out more about how it came to be fly-tipped in Grimsby.

“Someone must know where it came from.  We all have a legal obligation, or duty of care, to make sure our waste is disposed of correctly.

“If you have any information about this fly-tipping, please report it in confidence at”

Duty of care

If you are paying someone to take your waste, you must check they are licensed to take it.

Check the register by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 or visit

Always ask for identification and a receipt. You can be fined £300 if your waste is dumped unlawfully.

The Duty of Care applies to individuals and all commercial entities. This includes private sector businesses such as shops, offices, factories, and tradespersons (e.g. electricians, builders, glaziers and plumbers) and public sector services such as schools, hospitals and prisons, as well as charities and voluntary and community groups. It also includes permitted operations or exempt facilities that produce waste as part of their activities.

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