Hundreds of dead crabs have been found dumped at the side of two country roads near Bridlington.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s streetscene enforcement officers are appealing for witnesses after piles of the decomposing shellfish were found in laybys in Bempton Lane, just on the outskirts of Bridlington, and in Grindale Road, near Scarborough Road.
About a dustbin’s worth of crabs were found at each location by members of the public on two different occasions - at Grindale Road on September 22, and Bempton Lane on September 29 - and both were reported to the council.
The crabs were then removed at council tax payers’ expense.
The enforcement officers are appealing to residents for any information they may have to help identify the people responsible.
Anyone guilty of a fly-tipping offence could face a fine of up to £50,000.
Mike Featherby, the council’s head of streetscene services, said: “We would like to hear from anyone who knows who dumped this large amount of shellfish at the side of two country roads.
“Someone may have noticed something suspicious at these sites at the time, such as vans with back doors open, and we would like them to contact us.”
Residents can report any fly-tipping or suspicious activity to the council on 01482 393939, or online at the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk (search for ‘fly-tipping’).