Cannabis dumped at the side of the road in Grindale

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Cannabis plants were amongst around 50 bags of waste dumped at the side of a lane in Grindale.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is investigating the dumping in Fox Covert Lane, which included 20 sacks of cannabis plants and 30 sacks of builder’s rubble.

The council said the waste, which could have been tipped in two separate loads, was left in the early hours of Tuesday September 3.

Humberside Police have confirmed that they are investigating the incident.

The site, just outside Grindale, is a regular dumping ground for fly-tippers.

Bridlington Central and Old Town councillor Richard Burton, who discovered a similar dump in Bolam Lane, Bempton in March 2011, said: “We have had this type of thing before.

“Grindale Lane and that area is always a big target for fly tippers, but to find cannabis plants is shocking. It was in Bempton before, and I remember the police told me that the parts of the plant that the grower cannot sell can be found dumped. I suppose that it cannot be put in the bin, or burned, so it is dumped.

“It is disappointing that another find like this confirms that drugs are being grown in the area.”

Carl Skelton, East Riding Council’s highway maintenance services group manager, said: “Council staff in the area spotted the fly tipped waste and arranged for it to be immediately removed. The police were also called.

“We would appeal for anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact us. This rubbish was removed at the expense of the council taxpayers.

“There is absolutely no excuse for using the countryside of East Riding as a dumping ground. If we can get evidence or there is a witness we will not hesitate to prosecute those responsible. Any information given to us will be treated in the strictest confidence.”

A spokesperson for Humberside Police said: “Humberside Police were called by a member of the public following the finding a bag of cannabis plants that had been discarded at the side of the road on Fox Covert Lane, Grindale. So far no one has been found responsible for the fly-tipping of the Cannabis plants.

“If anyone saw this incident they are asked to contact Humberside Police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting log 427 of September 3.” Under the Environmental protection Act 1990 those taken to court and found guilty of fly tipping can be fined up to £50,000.

Householders, too, have a duty of care to make sure their waste is taken away by a registered waste carrier. If it is found that their waste has been illegally dumped, they could be fined in court for failing to ensure their waste was properly dealt with.

Anyone with information on fly tipping should call the council on 01482 393939.