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Fly-tipper caught by police after farmer blocks road with tractor

A fly-tipper was caught by police after a quick-thinking farmer blocked his escape with a tractor.


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Fly-tipping incidents have hit one million for the first time in almost 10 years
Fly-tipping incidents have hit one million for the first time in almost 10 years
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The rogue dumping rubbish on a rural road in Mirfield, West Yorkshire was spotted and confronted by a passer-by.

 

After the fly-tipper became aggressive, the man, who doesn’t want to be named, called a nearby farm for back-up.

 

Farm staff arrived and the farm owner used a large agricultural vehicle to block the road.


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The fly-tipper was unable to leave in his Mitsubishi truck as the road is a dead end.

 

West Yorkshire Police has confirmed they attended the incident to assist the courageous residents.

 

A spokesperson said: “Police were called to reports of a male fly-tipping on Jill Lane at around 2pm on 16 October.

 

“The suspect made off on foot prior to police arrival but was subsequently traced.

 

“The matter has been dealt with by way of community resolution.”

The incident comes as countryside chiefs call on the Government to act after fly-tipping incidents topped one million for the first time in almost 10 years.

 

Local authorities in England reported 1,002,154 cases of fly-tipping in 2016/17, up 7 per cent on the previous year, with taxpayer costs of about £58 million.

 

Agricultural leaders called on the Government to clamp down on what they called a ‘ludicrously low’ number of related prosecutions and exposed a need for greater penalties for criminals who dump waste on farmer and private land.

 

CLA president Ross Murray said: “Fly-tipping is just getting worse and worse. It is a national disgrace.

 

“Prosecutions for this crime are ludicrously low and have decreased by a further 25 per cent.

 

“We are calling for the appointment of a national fly-tipping Tsar to co-ordinate and oversee a more proactive effort to get to grips with this national disgrace.”

While the Government has allowed councils to apply Fixed Penalty Notices for small scale fly-tipping, the Liberal Democrats warned too many fly-tippers were being let off the hook and urged the Government to increase funding to cash-strapped councils to help reverse a charge on homeowners to get rid of household goods.

 

Martin Tett, the Local Government Association (LGA) environment spokesman, said councils needed a faster and more effective legal system to implement ‘hard-hitting fines’ for more serious offences.

 

It came as waste disposal experts HIPPO launched a Tip Charge Checker system to allow users to check out local tip charges using only their postcode to encourage homeowners to take responsibility for the disposal of their own waste.

 

NFU deputy president Minette Batters added: “Fly-tipping really has become the scourge of the countryside.

 

“The rubbish can be costly and time-consuming for farmers and landowners to remove, it is dangerous to human health, harmful to wildlife and livestock and in some cases, fly-tipped water pollutes watercourses and contaminates land.

 

“The NFU wants to see Government pull together a national picture of fly-tipping and use it to co-ordinate all agencies to deter offenders.”

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