POLICE Scotland have highlighted the negative impact on the local environment by bogus workmen who dump rubbish at scenic locations around the Forth Valley.

According to the force, attractions such as Clackmannan Tower, The Kelpies and Wallace Monument have become victim to fly-tipping by “bogus workmen”.

These are the same people, according to police, who are conducting scams in the local areas by requesting access to homes of elderly people before stealing from them.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “The Forth Valley area has several visitors attractions such as The Kelpies, Falkirk Wheel, Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle and Clackmannan Tower, all beautiful parts of our community.

“However, due to the rural nature of our area, there are many places where bogus workmen take the opportunity to dump rubbish and rubble; in doing so they show a disregard for the local environment and communities who reside nearby.

“Local areas can become unsightly due to fly tipping and a further consequence of this can be costs to the local authority for cleaning up the area and items dumped can have an effect on wildlife.”

Anyone aware of fly-tipping is being advised to contact their local council so that the rubbish can be picked up and disposed of properly.

In addition, residents should contact the police on 101 if they believe they have information in relation to bogus workmen or fly-tipping.