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Crusher ends car's fly-tipping sideline

A photo of a car found to be fly-tipping

This car won’t be used for fly-tipping again...

The hapless Ford Galaxy has been reduced to an undriveable mass of twisted metal as a warning to those tempted to cut corners and blight communities.

The crushing blow against fly-tippers has been welcomed by Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston who has pledged to continue the town-wide crackdown.

The vehicle’s days were numbered after a member of the public spotted two men using it to dump a pile of green waste on the Black Path at Berwick Hills last August.

The witness emailed the Mayor and the vehicle was traced and seized by Middlesbrough Council Environmental Neighbourhood Safety Wardens from an address at Eversham Road in Grangetown.

The car was subsequently crushed after the registered keeper failed to comply with a seizure notice under the Environmental Protection Act.

Middlesbrough May Andy Preston said: “Fly-tipping is selfish and anti-social and it blights communities.

“This case shows that even if we can’t find those responsible we can and will find and destroy their vehicles.

“It’s a clear warning that we’re coming after them, and we’re going to hit them where it hurts.

“It also shows that we take action when people report these incidents to us – if we work together we can stamp out this scourge.”

Any information on fly-tipping can be sent in confidence to Members of the public can also call the Warden Hotline on 01642 228500 and ask to speak to a member of staff from the Environmental Flying Squad. Anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping and dozens of other offences can also be reported online.