IT’S a meaty mystery that’s left neighbours scratching their heads – and holding their noses.
Residents in Harrison Road have been waking to the grotesque sight of a pile of kebabs dumped on their street.
Pitta breads and mouldy chips are also being left on the road at least once a week since the turn of the year.
The mound is being dumped overnight near Harrison Park on a different day of the week each time, meaning the city council has been unable to catch the culprits.
But now neighbours in Polwarth are demanding action and are considering turning detectives by working in shifts to stay up through the night in a bid to capture the fly-tippers in the act.
Adam Morris, 33, who lives nearby said: “Whoever’s been doing it clearly thinks they can get away with it. It’s a magnet for seagulls, and even dog-walkers have trouble keeping their pets away from the food.”
Another local resident, Duncan Wallace, added: “It’s becoming really frustrating. It’s got to the point neighbours have been considering staying up during the night to sit in their cars and take pictures.”
Jette Goldie, who has lived on Harrison Road for 36 years, said: “This is being done deliberately because they are dumping it around 20 feet from a food waste bin. It is disgusting and it smells foul.”
Local politicians today called for anyone with information to come forward and one MSP said he would be approaching the Scottish Government.
Green councillor Gavin Corbett said: “The local environmental wardens know about it but obviously it is hard to be on site at all hours just in case the stuff is dumped at any one time. I am appealing to any people in the area, residents or passers-by, to let us know if they see stuff getting dumped, so that the culprit can be brought to book.”
Conservative MSP Miles Briggs said: “This is effectively fly-tipping by what appears to be a commercial catering operation. It’s utterly unacceptable, is a blight on the local area, and needs to be clamped down on.
“The only way to deal with these individuals is to come down on them heavily.
“I’ll be challenging the Scottish Government today on the issue of fly-tipping, what action it’s taking and the wider impact it has on the environment.”
A spokeswoman for the city council said: “Environmental wardens are aware of this issue, which is under investigation. Our street cleansing teams have also visited the area to ensure any waste is removed.”