Road closed after flytippers block road with huge piles of rubbish

This was the state a Sunderland lane was left in after a flytipper dumped waste blocking the road.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 5:24 pm

Sunderland City Council had to shut down Foxcover Lane after the waste was discovered at around 1am in the morning, with the clear up effort taking its team until 3pm to complete, with containers, roofing felt and chunks of foam amongst the debris.

The incident happened yesterday, Wednesday, June 9.

Now council chiefs are searching through its CCTV systems and has appealed for help as it searches for the vandal responsible, which risked damage to vehicles by leaving the rubbish on the road.

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Sunderland City Council shared these photos following the incident of flytipping on Foxcover Lane in New Herrington.
Sunderland City Council shared these photos following the incident of flytipping on Foxcover Lane in New Herrington.

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It has also shared the photos via its social media in the hope someone with information can help with the investigation into the incident.

The Echo runs the Clean Streets campaign in a bid to encourage people to help the city be a greener and cleaner place.

A spokesperson for the authority said: “Following reports of a significant flytipping incident at Foxcover Lane, the road was closed to allow the council’s Environmental Enforcement and Environmental Services Team to remove the rubbish.

The Echo has an ongoing campaign to encourage people to care for the city's environment.

"We are currently checking local CCTV and appealing to residents for information to catch those responsible.

"We urge anyone who finds or witnesses incidents of fly-tipping to report it immediately.

"Fly tipping is not only a criminal offence, but can also cause damage to the environment, wildlife and in this instance, pose a risk to life.”

Details can be passed on to the council via or by calling (0191) 520 5550,

Anyone who may be tempted to dump rubbish is urged to use the council’s bulky items collection, available at

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