A COMPLETE kitchen has been dumped and set on fire near Newcastleton.
Police are appealing for information after the incident near Whitropefoot on Thursday, April 16 between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Officers want to speak to the driver of a white Ford Transit Tipper which was seen in the area because it’s believed they may have more information.
A CCTV image of the van has been posted on Copshaw Community’s Facebook page and people are being asked to report any sightings.
The items included worktops, cooker, hob, cupboards, radiator and a false wall, all of which was set on fire. It took hold and set fire to the bank and young trees.
Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting incident 2075 of April 16. They can also email Allan.Patterson@scotland.pnn.police.uk The countryside continues to be used as a dumping ground.
An irresponsible minority have targeted fields, lay-bys and roads to dispose of household waste, unwanted furniture, appliances and DIY remnants.
Increasingly, garden waste is being dumped and poses a huge risk to the health of livestock.
Five of Scotland’s leading rural and environmental organisations, NFU Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates, Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime, Keep
Scotland Beautiful and Zero Waste Scotland, issued a joint statement on the rise in fly-
tipping during the COVID-19.
Penny Middleton, NFUS animal health and welfare policy manager, said: “It’s so disappointing to see people using our beautiful countryside as a giant tip but, with the upturn in the weather and people working in their gardens, the surge in garden waste being dumped will result in animals dying. “Litter and waste of any kind can cause hazards for livestock and wildlife. “Of immediate concern is the amount of garden waste being dumped. Grass cuttings pose a significant danger to horses.
Feeding horses on lawn mower clippings can be very dangerous. When clippings are fresh, they ferment. If a horse eats them, it can cause colic and laminitis.
The public are asked to store their waste until lockdown is over.