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Disgusting moment fly-tipper tosses bags of rubbish from the back of a truck into the Cotswolds countryside


A fly-tipper was caught on video throwing bags of rubbish from the back of a truck into the countryside.

The footage shows a man tossing waste as the vehicle travelled along Darlingscote Road near Shipston-on-Stour in the Cotswolds.

Using the footage, police were able to identify the vehicle and arranged to visit the location it was suspected to have come from.

The Warwickshire Rural Crime Team has demanded the registered keeper of the truck disclose who was driving at the time of the offences. 

Failure to respond is punishable by a £1000 fine or the truck being crushed.

The fly-tipper was filmed throwing bags of rubbish off the back of a truck on Darlingscote Road near Shipston-on-Stour in the Cotswolds countryside (pictured)

The fly-tipper was filmed throwing bags of rubbish off the back of a truck on Darlingscote Road near Shipston-on-Stour in the Cotswolds countryside (pictured)

A spokesperson for the Warwickshire Rural Crime Team said: ‘Officers located the unattended vehicle near Darlingcote shortly after.

‘Using Police powers of entry and seizure under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 we recovered the vehicle.

‘The registered keeper of the vehicle will be contacted in due course to disclose who the driver was at the time of the offences (failure to respond is an automatic six points and up to £1000 fine).

‘The vehicle is also at risk of being crushed if the keeper doesn’t respond.’

It comes just days after a dog walker found a mountain of discarded Wetherspoon pub furniture which had been fly-tipped at a beauty spot cark park. 

David McClure found a huge pile of tables and chairs as well as a menu stand and a box of individually-wrapped shortbread in the car park of Longslade Bottom, a beauty spot in Brockenhurst, in the New Forest National Park. 

He said the goods were ‘very identifiable’ as Wetherspoon furniture and the tables still have their table numbers on them.

The pub chain has since revealed the furniture had come from a van belonging to one of its contractors which had been stolen last month. 

David McClure found a mountain of discarded Wetherspoon pub furniture which were fly-tipped at a beauty spot car park after being stolen

David McClure found a mountain of discarded Wetherspoon pub furniture which were fly-tipped at a beauty spot car park after being stolen

The items included a huge pile of tables and chairs and a box of individually-wrapped shortbread (pictured) found in the car park of Longslade Bottom

The items included a huge pile of tables and chairs and a box of individually-wrapped shortbread (pictured) found in the car park of Longslade Bottom

Wetherspoon said that both the furniture and the biscuits were being moved from The Night Jar (pictured) in Ferndown in a van that was later stolen

Wetherspoon said that both the furniture and the biscuits were being moved from The Night Jar (pictured) in Ferndown in a van that was later stolen 

Wetherspoon said that both the furniture and the biscuits were being moved from The Night Jar in Ferndown, which closed on September 24, to another location and that it was now ‘making arrangements’ to remove the items. 

Mr McClure, 62, from Sway in the New Forest, said: ‘I came across it between 7.30am and 8am. I drove and parked there to take my dogs for a walk.

‘The waste is very unusual and very identifiable. It is from a Wetherspoon pub – there are tables there with all the table numbers still on them.’

The illegal dumping of rubbish is a criminal offence that carries a fine of up to £50,000. However, it is rare for offenders to be charged the full amount. 

In August, shocking footage revealed almost 200 tonnes of rubbish had been dumped in rural Congleton, Cheshire, prompting a police probe into the ‘industrial scale’ of littering at the site. 

Analysis of Government figures by campaigners has revealed 0.2 per cent fly-tippers were successfully taken to court in 2022 for blighting Britain.

Cash-strapped councils responded to more than one million incidents of illegal rubbish dumping with the epidemic costing the taxpayer around £392million a year.

But only 1,959 fly-tippers were prosecuted by the police. And of those, just 20 were jailed, with 30 receiving community service while the rest were fined. 

This huge 200-tonne pile of rubbish was illegally fly-tipped rural Congleton, Cheshire, in August prompting a police probe into the 'industrial scale' of littering

This huge 200-tonne pile of rubbish was illegally fly-tipped rural Congleton, Cheshire, in August prompting a police probe into the ‘industrial scale’ of littering

This graphic shows the 10 worst councils in England for fining fly-tippers, by the ratio of fixed penalty fines dished out compared to the total number of illegal dumping sites reported

This graphic shows the 10 worst councils in England for fining fly-tippers, by the ratio of fixed penalty fines dished out compared to the total number of illegal dumping sites reported 

Fly-tipping has been practically decriminalised across Britain, with fewer than one in 500 offences being prosecuted last year

Fly-tipping has been practically decriminalised across Britain, with fewer than one in 500 offences being prosecuted last year

Shockingly, councils only tried to punish eight per cent of the 1.09million incidents with fixed penalty notices – with just 13 per cent of all the fines dished out nationally ever actually getting paid, analysis by waste removal marketplace LoveJunk revealed.

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Liverpool City Council was branded the worst offender, having handed out just one fine for almost 19,000 fly-tipping offences recorded in 2021/2022, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) data showed.

Second worst was Gateshead Council, which fined only one person out of the 5,644 offences recorded. Southampton City Council was third, issuing fines for two of the 9,999 total offences reported.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak this year vowed to clamp down on fly-tipping as part of his attempt to reduce the problems caused by anti-social behaviour. 

On-the-spot fines for those who fly-tip more than doubled in July from £400 to up to £1,000, as part of the PM’s plan to try and eradicate fly-tipping.

However, experts say punishments should go even further with a minimum mandatory fine of £10,000 for fly-tipping to be imposed, with repeat offenders of mass fly-tips being hit with £50,000 penalties.



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