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Fly-tippers made to pick up rubble & put it back in truck

The amount of flytipping has gone up. This was left behind at an area in Purfleet, Essex in 2014 Credit: PA

Two fly-tippers caught in the act have been made to pick up the rubble and put it right back in their truck.

Police officers on patrol saw the Ford Transit tipper truck in an area off the A228 at Halling in Kent at about 1.30pm today (Saturday 23rd June). It was reported that a large amount of rubble was being dumped from the vehicle.

The officers told the men to tidy up the mess and put the rubble back onto their truck. The driver has been reported for an offence of fly-tipping; as well as for having no vehicle tax, no vehicle insurance - and no valid MOT. Now the matter will be forwarded to the local council, which has responsibility for dealing with fly-tipping.

Kent Police say that while anyone who wants to report an area affected by fly-tipping should contact their local council, if you see fly-tipping in progress and actually taking place you should contact your local police on 999.

According to the latest statistics from DEFRA (The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs), local authorities in England dealt with 936,000 incidents of fly-tipping in 2015/2016, which was a 4% increase on the levels in 2014/2015.

Clearing up the mess caused by fly-tipping cost local councils in England almost £49.8million in 2015/2016.

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Local Authorities £50m bill for dealing with fly-tipping

2014 photo of an illegal fly tip site alongside the Thames estuary at Purfleet in Essex. Credit: PA

Local authorities in England spent an estimated £50 million clearing up illegally dumped waste in 2014/15, figures released by the government claim.

The statistics, released today by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, also show that around 900,000 incidents were dealt with in the same period, an increase in fly-tipping of 5.6% on 2013/14.

The costs of clearing up illegally dumped waste, two thirds of which was household rubbish, in places such as streets, alleyways and council land was nearly £50 million, a rise of almost £5 million on the year before.

It is the second rise in fly-tipping incidents in as many years, after years of the problem declining.

Shooting school wins Countryside Alliance Award

Chris Dewbury of Hunter Boots, Howard Kirby of Lains and Owen Paterson MP Credit: Countryside Alliance

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Lains Shooting School, Quarley, Andover was highly commended in the Enterprise category. The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through small hard-working businesses.