Cold case: Shameless fly-tippers dump 21 fridges in country lane in broad daylight

Caught on camera: The fridges were ditched in Aldridge, West Midlands (SWNS)
Caught on camera: The fridges were ditched in Aldridge, West Midlands (SWNS)

Police in the West Midlands are on the hunt for a gang of fly-tippers,who dumped 21 fridges in a country lane.

The shocking scenes were caught on camera at around 3pm on Monday, when the brazen crooks drove their lorry into Barr Lakes Lane in Aldridge, West Midlands.

The vehicle – which did not have a registration plate – then unloaded the industrial sized fridges into the middle of the road before driving off.

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Shocking pictures show dozens of the appliances scattered along the narrow country lane, which is near a beauty spot and nature reserve.

Walsall Council has now released images of the lorry and the discarded fridges in a bid to track down the culprits.

Job done: After dropping its load, the lorry drove off (SWNS)
Job done: After dropping its load, the lorry drove off (SWNS)

Councillor Julie Fitzpatrick, Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure and Culture, said: “This is a blatant and dangerous act of fly tipping in an area where signage states CCTV is in operation.

“Unfortunately, the vehicle in the image does not appear to be displaying a registration plate.

“However, it is quite distinctive and by releasing the image we hope that residents may recognise it and help us to identify the perpetrators.

“If anyone is able to help in identifying the vehicle, and this leads to a successful prosecution, the council would be delighted to reward the person concerned with £100.

“Barr Lakes Lane is subject to repeated fly tips and this results in significant council resources being used to remove and dispose of the waste.”

Open and shut case: The lorry - which did not have a registration plate - unloaded the industrial sized fridges into the middle of the road (SWNS)
Open and shut case: The lorry – which did not have a registration plate – unloaded the industrial sized fridges into the middle of the road (SWNS)

Councillor Chris Jones, Portfolio Holder for Clean and Green, added: “I’m really impressed with how quickly Clean and Green got staff on site and started clearing away the fridges.

“However, I’m not so impressed that Walsall tax payers are having to fund clean ups like this.

“Whilst it can be tempting for residents and businesses to take up a cheap offer to remove waste items, they should know that they have a duty of care to check that they are dealing with legal operators, otherwise they could end up in court.”

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