Appeal after toys dumped during Christmas

Children’s toys were among a number of items illegally dumped just off a village lane near Stone.

Stafford Borough Council is appealing for information about the rubbish that was dumped between Christmas and the New Year in Cross Lane in the village of Oulton.

The mess is the latest to be featured on the Council’s ‘Grimewatch’ webpage.

‘Grimewatch’ is a Council initiative to help catch fly tippers with the help of the public. Residents are asked to provide information, from pictures and details, of the ‘unsolved grimes’ featured at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/grimewatch

The latest photos show the toys along with a variety of other household items such as children’s clothes and shoes, a mattress and a small PVC window. There is also a work jacket from the Wincanton branch of Screwfix.

The photographs include date, location and other details about the illegal tipping, with the Council appealing to anybody who has information about the waste to get in touch. Fly tipping cost the borough around £25,000 to clean up last year – with a number of people fined in separate incidents for dumping items illegally.

Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, said:

“We will not tolerate any form of littering and if you are caught then you will be fined or prosecuted.

“People who have a pride in their area are rightly outraged when others treat country lanes and fields as a dumping ground.

“But we need the help of the public to trace the offenders so if anyone has information on this or any other fly tipping then please let us know immediately.”

People with information can contact the Council in confidence via grimewatch@staffordbc.gov.uk or calling 01785 619401.

Pictures will be updated at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/grimewatch