Arsonists set fire to partially-cleared fly-tip on Clay Lane, Newark
A fly-tip partially cleared by Newark and Sherwood District Council was set alight by arsonists.
The incident happened on Clay Lane, Newark.
Firefighters attended and caught the fire before it took hold.
Roger Jackson, chairman of the council’s leisure and environment, said: “Members of our street cleansing team worked overtime on Thursday, October 7, to attend a fly-tip comprised mainly of bricks, soil, slabs and turf on Clay Lane which had been reported that day.
“Due to overhanging trees, they were unable to use the necessary HIAB vehicle to clear all the waste. However, they did manage to clear enough to make the road safe for vehicles to pass and returned on Monday with the necessary equipment to complete the cleansing.
“We strongly condemn this behaviour and remind the public that fly-tipping is an offence which can result in prosecution and fines of up to £50,000.
“The investigation into this particular incident is ongoing and we ask that any members of the public who may have seen anything, contact us on 01636 650000.
“We are absolutely committed to making our district cleaner, safer and greener; as this is the second fly-tipping case in this area in as many weeks, we are now actively monitoring Clay Lane and our inspectors are working with the community to prevent further incidents.
“We particularly encourage residents to be aware of their duty of care and question where waste is being taken to when they have work carried out.”