A country lane has been blocked by a 20-foot mountain of rubbish that was dumped by ‘despicable’ fly-tippers in the area.
The pile of waste, left in Fulbeck, near Sleaford, Lincs, included items such as household insulation, plastic, clothing, sports equipment and even a police cordon line. South Kesteven District Council are now appealing for any information about the rubbish as they hunt for the culprits.
Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations, Cllr Dr Peter Moseley said it was the largest fly-tip he had ever seen as he urged people to get in touch.
He continued: ‘It is an example of appalling antisocial behaviour and disrespect for both our environment and local residents. If we can bring people to account for this despicable act against our countryside, I hope the legal process will support our aim to stamp this out by issuing the most severe penalty available.
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‘Someone may have seen something, so I ask anyone who has passed through to think back and let us know so that we can take steps to prevent this sort of behaviour. Please be vigilant. If you see something suspicious, then report it or we could see more of the same.’
Residents in the area have voiced their anger at the waste on social media, describing it as ‘industrial-scale littering’. They urged the council to do more than just giving people ‘silly fines’ for their actions.
One person also noted: ‘That looks to me like it’s been tipped from a walking floor trailer. I would say this is organised crime. I would suggest look at CCTV for a walking floor artic trailer truck.’
Fly-tipping is believed to have worsened in the UK since the start of lockdown, with people less likely to dispose of their unwanted items correctly while spending more time in their homes.
Rubbish dumps were also closed for several weeks between March and April, before the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs urged authorities to help people get rid of their waste.
Boston Borough Council, also in Lincs, said numbers of fly-tippers had doubled due to the pandemic, with 798 cases reported between March and June this year, compared with 342 in the same period last year.
In June alone, the council said there were 254 cases compared to 68 in June 2019.
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