Leicester Mercury

Road closed after pile of branches dumped

POLICE SEARCH FOR ROGUE GARDENER RESPONSIBL­E

- By DAVID OWEN david.owen@reachplc.com cleaner.greener@charnwood.gov.uk

POLICE were forced to close a rural road in Leicesters­hire after a large pile of branches and tree trimmings was mysterious­ly dumped in the middle of the carriagewa­y.

Charnwood Borough Council is appealing to the public for informatio­n about the rogue gardener, or gardeners, responsibl­e for the flytipping incident.

It rendered Carr Lane, which joins Shepshed with the village of Belton, impassable to traffic and required police, Leicesters­hire County Council’s highways department and the council’s contractor to become involved in the interest of public safety.

The frustratio­n produced by the incident for the public authoritie­s was clear in a message and accompanyi­ng photograph shared with followers of the borough council’s official Twitter account.

The local authority would not say what type of tree was involved. However, it appears to have been some kind of large conifer or fern.

According to the council’s Twitter followers, it is most likely the remains of a Monkey puzzle tree, an evergreen tree which grows up to 40 metres tall.

The council tweeted: “Do you know someone who has had this type of tree cut down or trimmed last Thursday?

“This was dumped in the area around Carr Lane, Shepshed, early afternoon on Thursday, May 6, resulting in police closing the road.

“Highways clearing for safety and our waste contractor having to remove it.”

It is not known exactly how long the road was closed. However, the council is urging anyone with informatio­n that can help its investigat­ion to get in touch.

The appeal continued: “If you know anything about it please call the contact centre.”

Anyone with informatio­n is asked to call the council on 01509 634564 or e-mail:

 ?? CHARNWOOD COUNCIL ?? FLY-TIP: The tree trimmings in the area around Carr Lane, Shepshed
CHARNWOOD COUNCIL FLY-TIP: The tree trimmings in the area around Carr Lane, Shepshed

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