Officials investigating flytipping on the site of a disused pub have released the images of a number of men they would like to speak to.

Tonnes of rubbish have been dumped at the Share and Coulter site in Owls Hatch Road, Greenhill, after it was targeted by fly-tippers.

Even though the land is privately owned, Canterbury City Council has spent thousands of pounds clearing the site over the past year because of the impact it was having on nearby residents.

In February, contractors removed 74.1 tonnes of general waste, 11 grab lorry loads of hardcore and four tonnes of asbestos. That clear-up alone cost council taxpayers £21,313.

Last year the council cleared more than 100 tonnes of waste at a cost of around £21,000.

Those sums increase when the amount of time spent by council officers tackling this issue is factored in.

Douglas Rattray, head of safer communities at Canterbury City Council, said: "We would really like to speak to the people in these images as they could have valuable information that will help us and the police with our inquiries."

The pictures released today were taken between June and October last year and in February of this year.

Mr Rattray added: "Flytipping in general blights the countryside, has a detrimental impact on the quality of life of our communities and costs a fortune to clear up.

“We are determined to do all that we can to catch those involved in this type of criminal act.

"Criminal responsibility does not stop with those who are dumping rubbish. 

"If you pay someone to dispose of your waste and they are not registered with the Environment Agency you will be liable if your rubbish is found in a country lane, a field or by the roadside.

"You too could be fined or brought before the courts. It is your responsibility to check they are taking your rubbish to somewhere it can be disposed of correctly. You can check they are registered on the Environment Agency’s website and the person disposing of your waste should give you a copy of a waste transfer note.

“If they cannot produce this, do not give them your waste and contact the Environment Agency on 0370 8506 506.”

The city council has been working with the police to catch the flytippers targeting this site including the use of CCTV cameras. It has also secured a court injunction to prevent caravans accessing the land.

Mr Rattray said: "If you have information that could help with our investigation or know any of the men pictured we would like to hear from you."

"Call 01227 655027. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”