A fly-tipping lorry that was illegally dumping a large volume of litter was seized by members of An Garda Síochána in Co. Louth over the weekend.

The incident occurred in a narrow country laneway at Doyle’s Fort Road in Dundalk on Friday evening, August 28.

In a statement on the matter, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:

“At approximately 8:30pm on Friday, August, 28, Gardaí observed a lorry reversed onto a narrow laneway at Doyle’s Fort Road in Dundalk, Co. Louth.

As Gardaí approached the vehicle, the occupant left the lorry and fled the scene. Gardaí examined the vehicle and it was found to contain a large volume of litter.

“The lorry was seized for technical examination. The county council has been notified of the incident.

“Investigations are ongoing into this matter,” the Garda statement concluded.

According to national broadcaster RTÉ, the litter included household and builders’ rubbish, estimated to be in the region of 25t to 30t.

The alleged driver of the lorry fled across nearby fields but, while no arrests are believed to have been made so far, Gardaí “are following a definite line of inquiry”, RTÉ notes.

This is the latest incident of illegal dumping in rural areas which have plagued several parts of the country in recent times.