An appeal for information has been launched after flytipping on an ‘industrial scale’ was set alight in East Kilbride last night (Friday).
The incident happened around 10.50pm in the St Leonard’s area with Scottish Fire and Rescue officers racing to the scene.
The dramatic blaze was captured by local residents, who expressed their anger online.
A post on the East Kilbride People Facebook forum described the incident.
The lengthy post read: “The section of Calderglen Road between the northern Inch Keith junction and the traffic chicanes, experienced two incidents within minutes of one another committed by two different sets of individuals.
“First a large vehicle stopped to make two dumps of building waste and interior fittings and toys – one lot dumped into the border of the parkland adjoining Inch Keith, and the larger pile in the middle of the road – effectively blocking any traffic from passing.
“They departed southwards leaving a trail of more rubbish behind them, and dumping concrete further along.
“Within minutes three older teenage boys, two of them with bikes, approached the pile and made loud negotiations to meet up later. The two bikes with bright neon lights and the boys bearing glow-stick type paraphernalia, made their way northwards along Calderglen Road – shouting and screaming obscenities.
“Before they departed, and cheering their bikeless companion on, the remaining male (wearing bright neon orange clothes) then set fire to both piles and began shrieking at the top of his voice. All three appear to have originated from within Inch Keith from the Calderglen entrance.
“One fire was particularly close to the wooden infrastructure of an adjacent property, and Fire and Police services were urgently called.”
Scottish Fire and Rescue officers confirmed they received a call at 10.52pn on Friday and that they sent an appliance to deal with the blaze.
Anyone with any information in relation to those responsible for dumping the waste or those that set it alight are asked to call Police Scotland on 101.
Information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111.