Posted on Friday 6 October 2017
Gateshead Council’s Enforcement Team is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a fly-tipper.
The team are currently investigating a large fly tip found at the A695 underpass in Woodside Lane near the Ryton- Crawcrook junction. It’s thought the fly tip may have occurred on or around 27 September.
Part of the fly tipped load at one end of the underpass was burnt out prior to the officers’ arrival, but a significant amount was left untouched and some of the remaining material might help to pinpoint the source.
Investigating officers found pieces of a broken sign amongst the waste and believe if the sign could be identified it may help lead to the prosecution of the individuals that dumped the waste.
Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:
“We are very anxious to trace the people responsible for this fly-tipping.
“It is likely that someone has been paid to dispose of this material, but instead of disposing of it responsibly they have simply pocketed what they were paid and fly-tipped it. That leaves local Council Tax payers to foot the bill and that is unacceptable
“We have had a number of very successful prosecutions in court recently and we are more than keen to bring more of these people to justice. But we need the public’s help.
“If anyone recognises this signage, or thinks they may know where it has come from, I urge them to get in touch so we can target these individuals and bring them before the courts.
“Please, please help us.”
Anyone who may have any information as to the likely origin of the sign, or who may have information about this crime, can contact the Enforcement Team on 0191 433 7225.
All information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.