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Remains of dead sheep found after spate of fly-tipping in Grimsby

1:15 pm, Monday, 25th April 2022 - 2 years ago

Environment and community safety

North East Lincolnshire Council is appealing for witnesses after the remains of a dead sheep were illegally dumped in Grimsby at the weekend.

Staff made the grim discovery as they went to clear a pile of fly-tipped waste from near the entrance to the Grimsby Community Recycling Centre in Gilbey Road.

Officers are reviewing CCTV footage and checking the waste for other evidence. The find has also been reported to the police.

Remains of a sheep left in a bag

This weekend’s incident follows several other fly-tips carried out in Grimsby over the Easter weekend.

Fly-tippers dumped rubbish at locations including Fisherman’s Wharf, Farndale Way, Abbey Road, Roberts Street and the entrance to the Community Recycling Centre in Gilbey Road.

They left items such as furniture, a buggy, a lamp and bags full of household waste.

Street cleansing staff from the Council cleared up the mess last week and enforcement officers are investigating the incidents.

At Fisherman’s Wharf, fly-tippers dumped loads of soil into one of the recycling bins. This left the bin so heavy that it could not be lifted by the vehicle used to empty it.

Soil in recycling bin at Fisherman's Wharf

It is an unnecessary expense for the Council to clear the site and dispose of the rubbish.

If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area or recognise the waste that was dumped, please report it in confidence at or call 01472 326300.

A North East Lincolnshire Council spokesperson said:

“We need your help to track down the people responsible for illegally dumping this rubbish.

“Fly-tipping makes the area look a mess and harms wildlife. If you know who did this, please get in touch.

“People can help prevent fly-tipping by checking the credentials of anyone they pay to take away their waste.”

Fly-tipping is a crime and the council investigates all incidents. Anyone who is caught risks a £400 fixed penalty notice.

Where we find enough evidence, we will take offenders to court where the penalties can be much harsher.

Fly-tipping is a national problem. We all have a legal obligation, or duty of care, to make sure our waste is disposed of correctly.

People who don’t check the credentials of waste carriers, can also be prosecuted if their waste is found fly-tipped. They could land themselves with a fine of £300 and possibly more if they are a business.

Report fly-tipping now at

Fly-tipping in Farndale Way
Fly-tipping at Fishermans Wharf
Fly-tipped waste in Roberts Street
Rubbish fly-tipped outside Grimsby Tip at Easter

Duty of care

If you are paying someone to take your waste, you must check they are licensed to take it.

Check the register by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 or visit

Always ask for identification and a receipt. You can be fined £300 if your waste is dumped unlawfully.

The Duty of Care applies to individuals and all commercial entities. This includes private sector businesses such as shops, offices, factories, and tradespersons (e.g. electricians, builders, glaziers and plumbers) and public sector services such as schools, hospitals and prisons, as well as charities and voluntary and community groups. It also includes permitted operations or exempt facilities that produce waste as part of their activities.

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