Silverdale 'Superman' caught fly-tipping on CCTV
GARAGE owners are appealing for Sentinel readers to identify a van driver wearing a Superman T-shirt who was caught fly-tipping.
CCTV cameras captured a man parking his van outside Silverdale Motors, next to Newcastle Garage, in Silverdale, and then dumping a mattress.
Co-owner Ian Johnston has upgraded the firm's 14 cameras to catch offenders after constantly finding rubbish dumped outside his Silverdale Road business.
The 37-year-old, of Madeley, pictured below, said: "This person should be named and shamed. Someone is bound to recognise him with his distinctive Superman T-shirt.
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"I can't believe that someone would have the nerve to dump something as large as a mattress outside here. They should know better."
The latest fly-tipping incident happened at around 9pm on Saturday.
Ian found the mattress after going to the garage on Sunday because his burglar alarm was going off.
He added: "At first, I thought the mattress had been used to get into the garage so I was more concerned about the possibility we had been burgled.
"It turns out a bird had set off the alarm but when I was looking through the images, the camera has caught the person who dumped the mattress."
Other dumped items have previously included car tyres, fences, garden waste and even children's toys.
The owners have even had to hire a skip on two occasions because so much rubbish had accumulated.
Ian said: "I've had to pay £50 each time to get rid of the waste because it's been thrown on private land.
"Sometimes, I have had to take it to the skip myself, which is a big inconvenience. It's an ongoing problem."
Fly-tipping is already a problem elsewhere in the area with nearby Hollywood Lane, in Keele, regularly used as a dumping ground because of its secluded location.
Security gates have now been installed in Pepper Street, Finney Green and Scot Hay Road to try to keep fly-tippers out of Hollywood Lane.
Both sites are around two miles from Newcastle's tip in Leycett.
Ian believes the garage has been targeted because of its location.
He said: "Our garage is on a quiet road and there are some hedges nearby which mean some people think they can chuck things without being seen. Well, now we've caught someone in the act."
Ian's twin brother, Robert, of Westbury Park, who also owns the garage, said: "The mattress was so dirty and it had a really bad smell.
"It was really disgusting. We've had a lot of things dumped here before but this is definitely the biggest item."
Staffordshire Police are investigating the fly-tipping after being called in by Ian.
Anyone who knows the identity of the man should call police on 101, quoting incident 574 of December 29.