Hunt is on for seaside fly-tippers

FLY-TIPPERS are being hunted after blighting the Northumberland coastline.

Waste crime officers from the Environment Agency are appealing for information after 30 incidents of fly-tipping between Newbiggin by the Sea and the Druridge Bay area between October and December.

The dumped rubbish mainly consisted of domestic household waste.

This accounts for 40 percent of the 76 recorded fly-tip incidents for the whole of Northumberland during this period.

The Environment Agency has been investigating the incidents and suspects that it is an individual that is responsible. Staff are now asking the public to come forward if they have seen anything suspicious in the area.

Environmental Crime Team Leader Dave Edwardson said: “We are looking for information to help us track down this prolific offender who is blighting Northumberland’s beautiful coastline by dumping domestic waste there illegally.

“If anyone in the area has seen anything suspicious, or if you have had waste collected by someone you suspect might not have disposed of it correctly, then we would like to hear from you.

“Fly-tipping is a serious crime. It costs a lot of money to clear up and can cause significant harm to the environment. We want to find this offender so we can stop them.”

The fly-tipping is usually around one to two tonnes of waste, which suggests that the offender would need a large van or low loader.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Environment Agency’s 24-hour hotline on 0800 807060 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.