‘Disgrace’ as ‘car parts’ dumped and set ablaze in South Shields field

The rubbish that was dumped and set on fire
The rubbish that was dumped and set on fire

Dumpers have been described as a “disgrace” by council chiefs after rubbish was dumped and set alight in a South Tyneside park.

The waste - described as car parts - was left near to Cleadon Park bowling club on Monday.

Coun Moira Smith

Coun Moira Smith

An eye witness said a lorry had been seen being driven on to the site before the rubbish was discarded and set on fire.

It is the second incident to have happened within 24 hours.

The previous night firefighters were called to Sunniside Lane in Cleadon at around 9pm after a large number of tyres were dumped and set alight.

Coun Moira Smith, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “This is disgraceful irresponsible behaviour not to mention a criminal offence.

This is disgraceful irresponsible behaviour.

Coun Moira Smith

“We take the issue of flytipping very seriously. Any abandoned waste spoils the look of an area but dumping these types of materials and then setting them alight is particularly serious due to the danger it poses to nearby properties, the wildlife and the environment.

“Investigating and cleaning up these offences also places a huge burden on our extremely stretched resources.

“Our cleansing teams have cleared both sites and our enforcement team is looking into the source of the materials discarded. We will take action against anyone we can identify as being responsible for these crimes, but we do need the public to help us.

“We would like to thank local residents for reporting the incidents and ask anyone else with information to contact the Council. We are particularly keen to get details of the vehicles used to transport the materials and would appeal to any residents who have CCTV in these areas to check their footage for suspicious activity.”

Flytipping costs the council hundreds of thousands of pounds a year in clean-up costs and launching investigations to find the culprits.

The council are now asking for anyone with information regarding the incidents, or to report environmental problems such as fly tipping, dog fouling and abandoned waste, to call the council’s Customer Contact Centre on (0191) 427 7000 or email customerhelp@southtyneside.gov.uk

Information taken will be in the strictest confidence.

For information about disposing waste, safely and responsibly in South Tyneside, visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling