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Swift action in fly-tip crackdown

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A new Council team has gone straight into action in a Middlesbrough-wide fly-tipping crackdown.

And a warning has been sounded to rogue traders offering bogus refuse disposal services that they will be caught and prosecuted.

Fly-tippers face a Fixed Penalty Notice of £400 if caught, while failing to ensure waste is disposed of legally can land a householder with a fine of between £150 and £400.

Middlesbrough Council's Environment and Community Services Fly-tipping Squad were quickly on the scene on Monday following reports of serious fly-tipping in Berwick Hills.

Following reports on social media the team dealt with two separate incidents on the ‘back path' near Ormesby Beck, with the dumped and burned household waste and furniture almost filling an entire tipper lorry.

Writing on social media, one resident claimed to have paid £80 to a man who said he would take the load ‘to the tip'.

An investigation is on-going into the incident.

Councillor Dennis McCabe, Middlesbrough Council's Executive member for Environment, said: "Fly-tipping is a needless blight on our communities, and there is simply no excuse for it.

"I'm grateful to our Environmental Neighbourhood Safety Wardens who responded so quickly in this case, and made such a good job of restoring the affected site.

"We can and will prosecute those responsible, and I would also urge residents to be on their guard against rogue operators who are just looking to make a quick buck.

"If we work together we can stamp out this scourge on the environment."

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