Hunt for fly tippers

RUBBISH DUMPED: Fly-tippers blocked a road in West Handley with dozens of tyres and waste.
RUBBISH DUMPED: Fly-tippers blocked a road in West Handley with dozens of tyres and waste.
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Fly-tippers who dumped dozens of tyres and bin bags full of waste are being hunted by council chiefs.

Residents are being asked to help to catch the illegal litter louts – after it emerged NE Derbyshire District Council spent almost £20,000 clearing fly-tipping over the last 12 months.

During that time 570 incidents have been reported – but no one has been prosecuted and only nine fixed penalty notices given out.

The latest incident saw Ash Lane, in West Handley, completely blocked with tyres, bags of old clothes, books and DVDs.

It is the third time waste has been fly-tipped in this area in the last month.

Teams from the council cleared the site after members of the public reported the mess at 4.40pm on Tuesday, 19 June.

The council is now appealing for anyone with information about the incident to come forward, to help bring the culprits to justice. Fly tippers can be fined up to £5,000.

Cllr Nick Foster said: “These people have shown a total disregard for the law, as well as the people who live in and travel through this part of the district.

“We have examined the contents of the waste to try and track down who is responsible for this mess, and are asking for anyone who may have seen a suspicious van or car in the area to get in touch.”

To contact the council call 01246 217610.