Litter louts slammed for turning South Shields footpath into a dumping ground

A worried resident fears fly-tippers are making a footpath a health hazard.
A worried resident fears fly-tippers are making a footpath a health hazard.

Litter louts have been blasted after turning a popular South Tyneside footpath into a dumping ground.

A stretch of the ‘Black Path’ between Millais Gardens and Whiteleas Bridge has been branded a health hazard, with shards of glass buried in the undergrowth causing a danger to walkers, and a printer, TV and even glass fish tanks left strewn in the area.

We are working to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

Council spokesman

A worried resident fears the well-used route is turned into a fly-tipping hotspot.

South Tyneside Council has vowed to crackdown on offenders.

Earlier this month a dog tragically died after being impaled on a spike while out on an afternoon walk on the former mineral line with his owner Maureen Scharlott.

Sprocker Spaniel Sid had to be put down after suffering a punctured lung.

A concerned resident, who asked not to be named, said: “There has been one dog death due to the rubbish being tipped, and it is now being swallowed up by the undergrowth.

“There are motorcycle parts, two glass fish tanks and other general items including TVs and a printer.

“There are bits of broken glass there, which is being hidden from view as the grass grows. Some of the items have been there for five weeks.”

A South Tyneside Council spokesman said: “The overhanging bushes and trees will be pruned back in the next few weeks, which will make it easier for walkers and help us to identify fly-tipping at the back of residents’ properties.

“The illegally-dumped waste will be removed and we are working to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

“We appreciate it when residents let us know about incidences of fly-tipping.

“The public have a vital role to play in helping us keep the borough safe and attractive and we greatly appreciate their help in successful prosecutions.

“We would encourage anyone who witnesses any incidents of fly-tipping to report it to the council in confidence.”

To report fly-tipping, call the Council’s Customer Contact Centre on 427 7000 or email customerhelp@southtyneside.co.uk