A fly-tipping menace is being hunted after dumping an estimated three tonnes of rubbish behind a row of hotels in Blackpool.
The litterbug was spotted leaving the waste in an alleyway behind the derelict New Kimberley Hotel, on New South Promenade.
When challenged, he drove off leaving a trail of bricks, boards and other litter in his wake.
The rubbish was later cleared to one side of the highway by council workers to allow hoteliers and their guests to move their vehicles.
Clare Hickman, owner of the nearby Alderley Hotel, said: “Our guests were a bit gobsmacked really and couldn’t believe what had happened.
“People have dumped rubbish in abandoned hotels
before now but not on the side.
“We heard the dumping going on but by the time we got down to the bottom of the garden there was an almighty crash.
“He started dumping at the New Kimberley Hotel and got caught by a guy who shouted at him.
“So he panicked and drove with the trailer still up, so it littered the site.
“Then he drove off.”
Blackpool Council is currently investigating the
incident and council workers were set to remove the rubbish over the course of the weekend.
Coun Amy Cross, the authority’s cabinet member for street scene and the environment, said: “We are aware rubbish was dumped behind The New Kimberly Hotel on New South Promenade.
“We are in the process of gathering evidence for investigation.
“I reinforce that as a council we take a tough line on tackling and prosecuting fly tippers.
“We will use all the tools at our disposal to find the people responsible, whose thoughtless actions blight communities and divert a substantial amount of tax payers money.”
The fly-tipper was driving an old blue pick-up truck, and is described as young, with stocky build with short, blonde hair.
Anybody wishing to report someone for fly-tipping can do so via the council’s website at www.blackpool.gov.uk.