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Neighbors concerned by illegal dumping near Mid-South mall

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A viewer wrote to the WMC Action News 5 Investigators and says the mall ownership hasn't done anything about the mess that's piling up around the mall. A viewer wrote to the WMC Action News 5 Investigators and says the mall ownership hasn't done anything about the mess that's piling up around the mall.
People that live near Raleigh Springs Mall are looking for help after they say illegal dumping is taking place in that area. People that live near Raleigh Springs Mall are looking for help after they say illegal dumping is taking place in that area.
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(WMC) – People living near Raleigh Springs Mall are looking for help because of the illegal dumping happening in the area.

Raleigh residents are fed up. That is why the WMC Action News 5 Investigators went undercover to check out the trashy situation.

Last week, mall owners said they were committed to revitalizing Raleigh Springs Mall and bringing more stores there. But residents say it's not just the inside that needs a facelift.

"Mattresses, trash, you name it, it's there," said Raleigh resident Makesha Short.

"Trash, condoms, it's nasty ... trifling," added Raleigh resident Barbara Simpson.

Simpson drives through the mall parking lot every day. She is tired of seeing the trash and debris piled up.

"I have three children that stay here and they go to Brownsville Road. It's a lovely neighborhood. I just don't understand why the mall been like this for so long," she said.

Raleigh residents say if mall owners are so concerned about investing money inside the mall, they should also spend the money to keep the outside clean and presentable.

"It's disgraceful. The neighborhood would look a lot better if they would clean it up," said Makesha Short.

Simpson says if nothing is done to clean up this private property, the entire community could become more dangerous.

"If don't nothing come back to the mall to liven it up, people could look at it as a place to start whatever. It's an empty mall, you could break in, do whatever," adds Simpson.

WMC Action News 5 emailed the mall ownership's attorney about this trash issue. They sent the following statement:

We appreciate the community bringing these matters to our attention, but Raleigh Springs Mall does not own the old Sears portion of mall area. As a result, we are not responsible for maintaining the particular area referenced by your viewer.

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