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Community and CCTV help to nab fly-tipper

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A photo of furniture fly-tipped at St Cuthbert's Court, Ormesby in June

Fed-up residents and damning CCTV footage helped secure Middlesbrough's latest victory in the war on fly-tippers.

The culprit was caught red-handed dumping furniture and other household waste, and was hit with a £400 fine.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston today praised the community for coming forward, and pledged to keep up the fight.

The brazen fly-tipping took place in broad daylight at St Cuthbert's Court in Ormesby on Saturday, June 5.

After dumping items of furniture including a settee and armchair, the culprit left the scene in a Ford Transit van.

However Middlesbrough Council's Environmental Flying Squad were able to identify him using CCTV images and support from the community.

He was subsequently interviewed under caution and served with a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice which has been paid this week.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: "More great work by the Flying Squad who are really starting to get results on behalf of the communities they serve.

"Fly-tipping is a needless blight on law-abiding neighbourhoods that costs a small fortune to clear up.

"People have had enough, and they're working with us to identify the culprits and put a stop to this anti-social menace."

To report fly-tipping and other environmental issues, call the Warden Hotline on 01642 228500 and ask to speak to a member of staff from the Environmental Flying Squad, while evidence can be sent in confidence to evidence@middlesbrough.gov.uk. Anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping and dozens of other offences can also be reported online.

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