Middlesbrough council sends overwhelming warning to dump trucks

A NORTH-East council has issued a stern warning to dump trucks – those caught will have their vehicles run over.

In the first such case in Middlesbrough, Environmental Flying Squad officers tracked down and destroyed a vehicle used in a cheeky fly spill case.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston today pledged to tackle dump trucks as the fight against the scourge of communities shifts into high gear.

The culprit was caught on CCTV in July throwing bricks, rubble and rugs at the former Southlands Center site on Ormesby Road.

Officers tracked him down before seizing and crushing his Peugeot Partner van – valued at around £ 1,000 – using powers under the Environmental Protection Act.

The owner has been summoned to appear in court for dumping flies.

Read more: Work begins to clean up the junkyard which was ravaged by fireballs and huge flames

Mr Preston said: “Fly spills eat away at communities and there is no excuse for it.

“It’s a fantastic result that clearly shows the culprits that we are chasing them and hitting them where it hurts – in the pocket.

“I urge the public to continue reporting these incidents to us – we will take action and we will eliminate this scourge.”

Members of the public can also call the Guardian Hotline on 01642 228500 and ask to speak to an Environmental Flying Squad staff member.

Antisocial behavior, fly tips and dozens of other offenses can also be reported here.

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