By Denna Bowman
Hundreds of tyres are being dumped across the UK every week causing eyesores and posing real threats to the environment.
The latest area to be blighted is Lincolnshire and the Environment Agency has asked for people to look out for lorries moving in quiet areas after hundreds of tyres were dumped in locations across the county in recent weeks.
A watercourse overflowed and threatened to flood the village of Swaton and the main road, because it had been clogged up with so many abandoned tyres.
Anyone moving or storing old tyres must hold a licence, according to the Environment Agency and the penalty for illegal fly-tipping is up to five years in jail and an unlimited fine.
Over the past four weeks large numbers of used tyres have also been found dumped near Gosberton, Donington, Bicker, Sutterton, Tidal Welland Beck and Bridge End.
Manfai Tang, environment management team leader, said: “The tyres have been dumped in lay-bys and watercourses, which can cause a significant flood risk.
“We are asking people to be vigilant and report any activity they think may be suspicious. This includes lorries tipping tyres on the roadside or lay-bys or loaded lorries travelling down isolated lanes and returning empty.”