South Tyneside Council is appealing to the public for help following a serious incident of fly-tipping in the Borough.
A sofa and a significant amount of household waste was dumped at the back of John Williamson Street and South Frederick Street in South Shields at around 8pm on Tuesday evening (21 May).
A spokesman for the Council, said: "It is simply appalling that a tiny minority of people think they can dump their rubbish in this way.
"They clearly have no consideration for the local community affected by this reckless behaviour or for the vast majority of law-abiding taxpayers who will ultimately have to bear the cost of removing the waste.
"I would urge anyone who was in the area and saw anything suspicious to report it to the Council."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to Report It! by calling (0191) 427 7000.
People can safely dispose of waste at the Recycling Village which is open from 8am to 6pm over the summer. The Council also offers a bulky waste collection service for a small fee.
For further information about the many ways waste can be safely responsibly disposed of in South Tyneside visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling or call the Council's Customer Contact Centre on (0191) 427 7000.