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Look: ‘Two lorry loads’ of rubbish fly-tipped off A47 at Hinckley

An investigation has been launched after a giant pile of fly-tipped rubbish[1] was illegally dumped in a lane off a major road. The pile, measuring a few feet high and weighing several tonnes, was dumped in Barwell[2] Lane, just off the A47, near Hinckley. Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council[3] is trying to trace those responsible for the fly-tipping.

The rubbish includes industrial materials, building rubble, window frames, carpets, wood, plastics and children’s toys. Fly-tip mountain: Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and police are looking to trace those responsible. (Photograph by Chris Gordon)

It was dumped a few hundred yards off the main A47, north of Leicester Road Football Club[4], towards Barwell. A dog walker, who did not want to be named, said: “It looks like a lorry of some kind reversed off the main A47 down the lane and just dumped its load. “I’d say it must have been a pretty big trailer because it’s a massive pile of rubbish.

“It’s pretty disgusting really and ruins the countryside. It won’t be easy to move, that’s for sure.” Images of the fly-tipping have been shared on Facebook, and have prompted a chorus of disapproval.

James Boxall wrote: “Absolutely vile.” Rhydell Poole added: “Absolutely disgraceful. Hope they find them and name and shame.”

Janet Moore wrote: “Disgusting. Some people have no respect for our town.” Councillor Mark Nickerson, executive member for neighbourhood services at the borough council, visited the site this afternoon.

He said: “To me, it looks like two lorry loads but obviously the same people. “This is commercial waste for sure – there are building materials, window frames, all sorts. “Someone has taken a load of rubbish from a building site and has been going around the area collecting rubbish and topping it up.

“It beggars belief really.” Heavy loading machinery is expected to be brought in on Tuesday or Wednesday to clear the site. Coun Nickerson said: “Teams will be going down there to sort through the rubbish and remove it.

“I can assure you we will be looking very closely at what’s been dumped and looking to see if there is any evidence linking the fly-tipping to individuals or companies. “We will be working very closely with the police to find those responsible and prosecute them. “This is not acceptable and, rest assured, if we can identify those people responsible they are in deep trouble.”

The landowner has yet to be confirmed. However, the lane is on a disused piece of road made redundant when the A47 perimeter road, Hinckley by-pass was opened. Anyone found guilty of fly-tipping on this scale could face a maximum fine of ?50,000 and up to five years in prison.

It is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to fly-tip any material. The person controlling the use of the vehicle involved, normally the registered keeper, can also be prosecuted. This means it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable.

Local authorities in England deal with about 700,000 incidents of fly-tipping every year, costing taxpayers more than ?36 million to remove. Anyone with information on fly-tipping offences in Hinckley and Bosworth can report it by calling 01455 238141, or online by going to: www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/flytipping[5]

Read more: Investigation launched after giant piles of fly-tipped rubbish found in Blaby[7][6]

References

  1. ^ fly-tipped rubbish (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  2. ^ Barwell (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  3. ^ Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  4. ^ Leicester Road Football Club (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  5. ^ www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/flytipping (www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk)
  6. ^ Read more: (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  7. ^ Investigation launched after giant piles of fly-tipped rubbish found in Blaby (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)

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