Agency in appeal to find serial fly-tipper

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AN APPEAL has been made to track down the person responsible for a series of fly-tipping incidents which have blighted the south east Northumberland coastline.

Around 30 incidents of fly-tipping took place in the Newbiggin by the Sea and Druridge Bay areas between October and December last year.

This accounts for 40 per cent of the 76 recorded incidents for the whole of the county during this period.

The Environment Agency, who are investigating the incidents, believe one individual is responsible.

Dave Edwardson, environmental crime leader for the agency, 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 consists of around one to two tonnes of household waste, which suggests that the offender would need a large van or low loader to transport the waste.

Anyone with information should contact the Environment Agency on 0800 807060 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.