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Alleged fridge fly-tippers have van crushed

19 February 2019

Individuals who allegedly fly-tipped fridges on an A52 lay-by have had their van crushed following enforcement by Rushcliffe Borough Council and Nottinghamshire Police.

A red Ford Transit van linked to the incident in November last year was destroyed today after being seized by the two authorities on Hartley Road in Nottingham.

Several fridges were dumped by the alleged offenders close to Nottingham Knight and Wheatcroft Islands and the incident was captured on CCTV which caught the individuals in the act on the eastbound carriageway. 

Enforcement powers allow vehicles linked with fly-tipping to be destroyed once seized unless their registered owners prove the vehicle is their property within 15 days.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Deputy Leader Cllr Debbie Mason said: “This action today sends out a clear message, if you own a vehicle seized in connection with fly-tipping in Rushcliffe, it can be destroyed or otherwise disposed of.

“We have a zero tolerance policy on fly-tippers. We and our partners will use all of our enforcement powers and seek to prosecute anyone who fly-tips and creates disgusting eyesores like this.

“Our Environmental Health team should be applauded for this work in identifying the vehicle involved in allegedly dumping the items.

“Anyone who has information on those committing any fly-tipping offence should contact us on social media, over the phone on 0115 981 99 11 or email customerservices@rushcliffe.gov.uk

Inspector Craig Berry, from Nottinghamshire Police said: “We take all fly-tipping extremely seriously and work with partners, such as Rushcliffe Borough Council in this case, to do everything we can to prevent and deter offending and take action when we can.

“It is a particularly difficult offence to investigate, however the use of CCTV cameras, our work with partners and the use of all powers and tools available means we can seize vehicles where necessary.”

Any proceeds from vehicles destroyed or sold that are linked with fly-tipping contribute towards seizure costs.