FLYTIPPERS dumped 120 tyres by the side of a road in Rutland at great expense to taxpayers who will foot the bill for the clean-up.
The tyres were left by the side of the road between Stoke Dry crossroads on the A6003 and Lyddington.
Rutland County Council says the cost of collecting and disposing of the tyres will run to hundreds of pounds.
Coun Roger Begy (Con), portfolio holder for environment and leader of the council, said: “Our local communities, working closely with their town or parish council, take great pride in the local area.
“For somebody to come along and dump 120 tyres in open countryside is just not acceptable”.
Flytipping is a criminal offence which carries a fine of up to £50,000.
Police also have the powers to seize any vehicle used for flytipping.
Coun Begy added: “Anyone with information they think might help us identify the culprits is asked to contact us soon as possible.
“There are substantial penalties in place for anybody convicted of fly-tipping and the council will not hesitate to pursue those suspected of being involved in dumping rubbish anywhere in the county.”
The council says anyone who finds flytipped waste should not touch it or disturb the site, but take a note of its exact location and contact the council.
To report incidents of flytipping call 01572 722577 or notify the council online at www.rutland.gov.uk