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Suspected fly tipping vehicle seized

The seized vehicle being taken away

Middlesbrough’s environmental neighbourhood safety team have seized a vehicle suspected to have been used for fly tipping.

Witnesses viewed rubble being tipped from a flatbed truck at a location on the opposite side of the A19 from Mandale Meadow.

The registration plate was taken and given to Middlesbrough Council’s Environmental Neighbourhood Safety Wardens who launched an investigation.

About one tonne of bricks and rubble was recovered from the tipping site and the Ford Transit was found to the rear of a property on Lambton Road, Grove Hill, Middlesbrough.

The van has now been seized and the suspected fly tippers will be interviewed ahead of any possible further action.

A spokesman for Middlesbrough Council said: “Fly tipping is completely unacceptable and we will always use every power we have to crack down on this type of offending.

“Members of the public can have full confidence that we will always fully investigate any report of fly tipping and take appropriate action.”

Vehicles can be seized by the council if it’s suspected it has been used, or will be used, to commit crimes such as fly-tipping.

The registered keeper of this vehicle must make contact with the Neighbourhood Safety team by calling 01642 773362, quoting reference number 553430, and provide evidence that they are the owner.

If the van is not claimed within 15 working days it will be destroyed.