Beds, Herts & Bucks

Three-tier cake fly-tipped in Hertfordshire lay-by

Fly-tipped cake Image copyright East Hertfordshire District Council
Image caption The cake was discovered by the side of a road as part of a fly-tip

An anti-litter team is trying to trace the owners of a three-tier cake which was fly-tipped in a lay-by.

The cake, which was decorated with flowers and ribbons, was discovered on North Road between Hertford and Stevenage on Monday.

East Hertfordshire District Council appealed for anyone who recognises the cake to get in touch.

The council tweeted: "Were you at a wedding this weekend? Do you recognise this cake?"

But one Twitter-user replied to state there was "no way that's a wedding cake" because "the colours aren't on trend for a wedding" and that it was more likely to be from a birthday or baby shower.

Another person suggested the council could trace the owners by checking registry offices for any cancellations.

A spokeswoman for East Hertfordshire District Council said: "We believe the cake was a wedding cake due to other items found amongst the dumped rubbish."

Graham McAndrew, executive member for waste at the council said the items fly-tipped were "extremely bespoke".

"Officers are currently working through the evidence in order to prosecute the perpetrator," he said.

"Not only is fly tipping illegal and an eyesore for the district, but when it includes items of food in the heatwave we are currently experiencing it becomes an even bigger problem if not cleared quickly."

The council has had to deal with a number of fly-tipping incidents this year.

In February, a school in Bishop's Stortford had to close after a 20ft (6m) pile of waste was dumped at the entrance of its playing field.

Hertfordshire Police linked the incident with two other fly-tipping episodes which happened in the same month.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites