Waste bosses have slammed the dumping of a giant fridge freezer in a country road as “the most irresponsible” fly-tipping they have ever seen.
A chiller cabinet, plastic bottles and bags of rubbish were abandoned on a main road outside Preston, and council chiefs say it could have caused a major accident.
This week’s tipping follows a similar incident over Easter, and officers believe the two could be linked to a team operating between Preston and Thornton Cleveleys to make a profit.
The distinctive fridge freezer was dumped in Inglewhite Road in Goosnargh, after the previous tipping in Fulwood Row.
Officers found evidence at both sites linking the rubbish to the Wyre town.
Gary Gibson, waste enforcement and monitoring officer at Preston Council, said: “The big fridge freezer had just been dumped in the road.
“It’s pitch black out there in the evening and it’s a fast, fast road. Somebody coming flying there would have never seen the fridge freezer.
“They would have hit it at a rate of knots - it would have either put them in a field where there’s a ditch, or taken the car out.”
Gary said he thought it may be the same team behind both cases.
He said: “We think it’s possibly a crew from Preston going over there, doing work over there and bringing it back and dumping it.
“My fear is I’ve never seen that before where they just dump it in the middle of the road.
“That’s highly dangerous and it’s getting very very irresponsible if they are going to start doing that sort of thing - somebody is going to get badly hurt.”
Gary, who has worked as a waste enforcement officer for nine years, said it was the most dangerous location he had ever seen fly-tipping take place.
He said: “To do that kind of thing is totally irresponsible.
“It’s dumped in the middle of the road, it’s a joke, and I just feel as though somebody must know where it’s come from.”
Gary said he thought the fly-tipping was unlikely to have been done by someone living in Thornton Cleveleys.
He said: “We think it’s someone from Preston driving out there doing jobs, getting as much work as they can, filling up the wagon as much as they can and then on the way home just dumping it anywhere in Preston.”
He added: “The reason they do this is to make as much profit as they can.”
He advised people to be cautious and said: “If you’ve got waste that needs removing and somebody says they can do it, don’t accept it.
“Do it legally - trying to save money it doesn’t work.”
He said: “I’m just very very fearful if they are that irresponsible I just hope it doesn’t happen again.
“But if they are quite happy to dump it in the road then they will do it again.
“They are making money, and then they save money by dumping it in the road.”
He added: “It is by far, without a shadow of a doubt, the most irresponsible one I’ve seen because of the way they have done it in the middle of the road.”
Gary appealed to anyone with information to contact the council, and said those responsible for the fly-tipping would be pulled before the courts if they were caught.
He said: “The chiller cabinet is quite distinctive - somebody must know where that’s come from.
“I suggest these idiots don’t think at all - they don’t care about you or I so let’s get them caught.”