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'Huge' pile of waste dumped in Worcestershire countryside

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Police and Environmental Health are investigating after a huge pile of waste has been flytipped in a field near Frankley in Worcesteshire.

The waste pile - which is around 6 foot wide by 30 ft long - has been left on Yew Tree Lane, near to the M5.

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Bromsgrove District council says the signs which say "No flytipping" have gone up since the waste was reported to try to support the land owner, and all relevant groups, including the environment agency, are aware of the problem.

Guy Revans, Head of Environmental Services at Bromsgrove District Council, said:

"This case is a few weeks old and the Environment Agency, as well as the police, county and parish councils and even the MP, are aware of it. It seems to be the latest local symptom of a growing regional problem, where we see large scale fly tips of what appears to be commercial waste of the kind that is subject to Environment Agency rules. Unfortunately such fly tips on private land leave the landowner to foot the bill, often at great expense. The sign in the photos actually went up after the incident had been reported, as part of multi-agency attempts to support the landowner in various ways and discourage repeat incidents."

– Guy Revans, Head of Environmental Services.
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In response to the incident Environment Health said:

"Every year waste crime takes as much as £1 billion from legitimate business and the Treasury. It causes severe damage to the environment and misery for local residents.

“Unfortunately, often landowners are left with the responsibility and costs of disposing of the waste dumped on their land. The cost of this can be considerable. We urge all landowners, farmers and property agents to be vigilant and report any concerns or anything suspicious to us straight away.

“Everyone has a part to play to help crack down on waste crime. If you suspect someone is disposing of your waste illegally, or you want to alert us to other illegal waste operations call our Incident Hotline on 0800 70 60 50 or Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555 111."

– Environmental Health.