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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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There were just under 20,000 fly-tipping incidents in Kent covering 2015 and 2016..
Medway had the highest number of incidents in the region at just over 3,500. In Sussex more than 8.000 incidents were recorded. Nationally there has been a 4% increase, costing the country almost £50 million to clear.
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People caught fly-tipping in Reading now face an instant fine of £300.
The Borough Council has welcomed government legislation allowing councils to crackdown on waste crime without resorting to expensive legal action.
Prior to the new rules, people caught dumping up to five bags of rubbish received a fixed penalty notice of £75 for a littering offence. They are now classified as low level fly-tipping offences, allowing councils to set instant fines of between £150 and £400.
Reading Borough Council warns that large scale fly-tippers will still face prosecution in court, up to six months in jail and fines of up to £20,000.
Fly-tipping can blight an area and these new powers give the council the ability to deal with offenders appropriately and swiftly.
The £300 fixed penalty fine should send out a message that any level of fly-tipping is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
I would however point-out that the council will not shy away from taking legal action against those individuals or businesses who commit larger scale fly-tipping offences.”
A huge increase in the amount of fly-tipping is being predicted because agreements between councils on where we can dump our rubbish are being scrapped.
It has come about because cash-strapped local authorities are no longer making a contribution to neighbouring councils to maintain waste disposal sites.
It means, for example, that people living in the West Berkshire council area can no longer use the tips in Reading, like Smallmead, which is nearer to their homes. Instead some will have to make round trips of 30 miles or more to Newbury or Padworth. This from Cary Johnston.
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Two people from Kent have been fined more than six thousand pounds for illegally dumping and burning rubbish. Gordon Hedges, who's fifty seven and Peter Spinks, who's 29, were linked to the dumping of waste including aerosols and a fire extinguisher.