Covert camera footage caught out fly-tipper for dumping roof tiles in Sunderland back lane

Roof tiles found dumped in Mainsforth Terrace West, Hendon.
Roof tiles found dumped in Mainsforth Terrace West, Hendon.

A covert camera operation caught a fly-tipper dumping roof tiles in a Sunderland back lane from the back of a van.

Investigations officers in the city received reports about a large quantity of roofing tiles deposited in the rear lane of Mainsforth Terrace West, in Hendon, earlier this year.

Councillor Michael Mordey.

Councillor Michael Mordey.

As part of targeted work in the area by the Enforcement Team, the officers retrieved footage from a covert camera deployed in the street.

The footage showed a man leaving the roofing tiles from the rear of a vehicle.

He was interviewed formally and initially denied depositing the roofing tiles, but when shown the footage, he admitted to dumping the items.

As a result of the information provided the officer was satisfied that an offence of depositing waste without authority had been committed.

The Echo's Clean Streets campaign logo.

The Echo's Clean Streets campaign logo.

The owner of the roofing company, for which the man works, was served with a fixed penalty notice of £350 for fly-tipping.

The man also admitted transporting waste in the course of his business and was asked to produce Waste Information Forms relating to the lawful disposal of all waste associated with his business for the last two years.

The business was unable to produce the relevant documentation and was therefore served with a further £300 Fixed Penalty Notice for failure to produce the forms and another £300 for failure to provide a relevant Waste Carrier Licence.

Councillor Michael Mordey, who serves Hendon ward, said: “I welcome the action taken by the council’s enforcement team in issuing these fines.

“It is totally unacceptable for someone to think they can drive into Hendon and dump their commercial waste like this.

“A lot of people are volunteering their time, doing litter picks and community clean-ups to help keep our community as clean as possible; so it is really annoying when ignorant people like this think they can just drive up and dump a load of tiles because they can’t be bothered or are too cheap to pay to dispose of their waste correctly.

“Hopefully this case and the fact that the man was caught on covert CCTV will act as a deterrent to anyone else who thinks they can dump their rubbish in Hendon, and shows that the council, local councillors and the local community are taking action to prevent this happening in the future.”

The latest incident comes as the Echo continues its Clean Streets campaign, which is calling on Wearsiders to be more careful with disposing of their rubbish and waste.

Anyone who sees items they think have been fly-tipped on a street or green space can contact Sunderland City Council to arrange its removal either by reporting it online at or by calling 0191 520 5550.