Foresters appeal for help to catch ‘cooking fat criminals’

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Outraged foresters are appealing for help to find out who dumped barrels containing cooking fat and other rubbish in St Gwynno forest.

More than 22 blue barrels – about half containing cooking fat – were dumped beside a stream in the popular forest and could have caused serious environmental damage.

Forestry Commission Wales staff and contractors cleared away the mess, which they believe was left by someone without a care for the environment over the weekend.

The rubbish, which could have polluted the water, was discovered by the road between Llanwonno and Ynysybwl near Pistyll-goleo.

FC Wales local area manager Karl Charlton said St Gwynno was used by many people for quiet recreation.

“Our staff work hard to maintain this forest as a place where people can enjoy the countryside and it’s disheartening when a minority of selfish people abuse it in this way,” he said.

“We need to stop these criminals who are damaging the countryside. We would like to hear from anybody who has any information that could help us to find who dumped this rubbish, so that we can take appropriate action through the courts.”

Karl said FC Wales took rubbish dumping seriously and the courts had the power to fine, imprison and confiscate the vehicles of anyone convicted of the offence.

Information provided by local people has helped FC Wales, working with the police and the Environment Agency, to secure numerous prosecutions over the past year.

If you have any information on the rubbish dumped in St Gwynno, contact FC Wales Forest Crime Officer, Sergeant Andrew Scourfield, on 01633 580234 or tell Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.