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Bradford man angry as 100 tyres are dumped in his garden
A man is furious that sneaky flytippers have dumped more than 100 worn tyres in his garden while he slept.
Peter Martell, who works as a waiter in a Bradford city centre hotel, said he had left his home in Wellington Street, off Sticker Lane, on Sunday morning oblivious to what lay round the side of his semi-detached property.
It was only later that day when he got a panic call from his girlfriend that he found out the pile of used tyres had appeared.
He said: “My girlfriend phoned me in the afternoon and said ‘do you realise there’s a load of tyres in the garden?’ “She said she noticed three or four up against the gate as she let the dog out, but he managed to get out through our other gate and as she chased him she saw the huge pile of tyres round the corner.”
Mr Martell called the police but was told it was a civil matter because the tyres were on private land .
“I’m stuck with them! The Council won’t move them without charging me and on my wage I can’t afford to pay someone to take them away.
“They just appeared while we slept. It looks a mess – what am I supposed to do? They can’t stay here.”
“I’ve heard there are companies who can shred tyres to do useful things with. If there’s any out there who want them, they’re welcome to them.”
In a bid to find out who the culprits were, Mr Martell asked a timber business across the road to check its CCTV.
He said: “Peter Ramsey timber across the road had a camera pointed directly at my house but they said they have looked through the video tape of that night and they only got a picture of my gate.
“They said there’s a blind spot which isn’t good for me.”
Carol Morgan, Bradford Council’s environmental health manager, said: “Unfortunately this matter has not been reported to us.
“We would always encourage anyone affected by fly-tipping or who has witnessed fly-tipping, to contact the environmental enforcement team on (01274) 434366 so that we can investigate the matter with a view to identifying the perpetrators, so that formal action can be taken against them.
“If the tyres have been tipped on privately owned land then unfortunately the landowner will be responsible for removing them in the event that the perpetrators cannot be identified, so we would urge anyone with information about this event to contact us.”
In June this year the Telegraph & Argus printed an appeal by police to help them find a group of men who dumped dozens of tyres in a residential street before driving away from the scene laughing.
A group of three men were caught on CCTV on June 14, emptying a van full of tyres on Draughton Street in Bankfoot.
The neighbourhood policing team had released images of the men in the hope the public can help them catch the fly-tippers.
A police spokesman said the investigation had now been passed to Brdford Council and its Environmental Health Department.
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