Fly-tippers leave address clues

PUBLISHED: 18:27 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

The mound of rubbish on the Alban Way

The mound of rubbish on the Alban Way

FLY-TIPPERS who squeezed their vehicle along a St Albans cycle path left a large mound of rubbish under an old railway bridge. The pile of building waste was dumped under the Cottonmill Lane bridge on the Alban Way and was discovered by a nearby Riversid

FLY-TIPPERS who squeezed their vehicle along a St Albans cycle path left a large mound of rubbish under an old railway bridge.

The pile of building waste was dumped under the Cottonmill Lane bridge on the Alban Way and was discovered by a nearby Riverside Road resident who was out walking on Saturday morning.

Among the items dumped were baths, large cardboard boxes and wooden shelves. The walker, who does not wish to be named, noticed the tyre tracks and said that the mound of rubbish looked like the leftovers from a house renovation.

He added: "It's astonishing to see that amount of rubbish on an otherwise lovely footpath. I hope that whoever did it will get prosecuted."

The address of a building merchant company was on several of the dumped items which could lead to the culprit being traced. If prosecuted they face a maximum penalty of a £50,000 fine and/or 12 months in prison.

St Albans District Council aims to clear fly tips within 24 hours of receiving a report, which was lodged by the Riverside Road walker on Monday morning. A council environmental enforcement officer visited the site on Monday afternoon and collected evidence from the passer-by who picked up some of the addressed rubbish.

A council spokesperson said: "An enforcement officer is investigating and will try to identify those responsible for the fly-tipping. It will be cleared by close of business on the day after it was reported."

Fly-tipping costs local authorities £44 million each year to clear up. If you witness anyone fly-tipping, take what details you can, such as the registration number of the vehicle and location, and contact the council on their hotline number 0845 125 8000, or email the details to clientservices@stalbans.gov.uk

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