Residents are being asked for help to catch fly-tippers who dumped drums full of hazardous chemicals.
Six metal drums – some of them labeled as containing the solvent, methylene chloride – were dumped on Hodge Lane, Uppertown in the early hours of June 6.
A local farmer alerted North East Derbyshire District Council after being awoken by a loud noise at around 2am and saw a Transit van driving away from the scene towards Darley Moor Road, with the drums left in the middle of the carriageway. The council is now appealing for anyone with information about the incident to come forward, to help bring the culprits to justice.
Cllr Nick Foster, Member with responsibility for the Environment, said: “These people have shown a total disregard for the safety of other motorists, as well as the wildlife and landscape nearby.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the council in confidence on 01246 217610.