Fly tippers caught after getting stuck in mud

Household waste was dumped in woods near Maidstone, Kent

Household waste was dumped in woods near Maidstone, Kent (Photo: Kent Police / SWNS)

Two aircraft tippers had their truck confiscated after it got stuck in the mud and police took them on fresh offense.

Their Mercedes Sprinter – filled with old toys and other household waste – was found on a country road in Kent on Christmas Day.

The men were questioned on the spot by police, who seized the vehicle as it turned out to be toll free.

PC Ian Loft said: ‘A van used to empty household waste in a secluded area near Maidstone has been seized.

‘The Mercedes Sprinter van was confiscated after officers attended a rural event at Pendenden Heath on Christmas Day.

‘We were called at 5.45pm for a message from a member of the public that the van had been stuck in mud after rubbish as well as old toys and children’s scooters were thrown into a forest area.

‘Two men were questioned on the spot. The car was also found without toll and seized.

Waste was dumped in a secluded area near Maidstone

Waste was dumped in a secluded area near Maidstone (Photo: Kent Police / SWNS)

Police confiscated a Mercedes Sprinter van

Police confiscated a Mercedes Sprinter van (Photo: Kent Police / SWNS)

‘The case has now been referred to Maidstone Borough Council for further action and is responsible for dealing with fly-tipping.’

He added: ‘Tip with the fly is a nuisance to our communities and an issue that we are working hard to combat in collaboration with our partners, including the relevant local authorities.

‘It is likely that these men are now facing significant fines for their actions.

“Residents must also be vigilant when paying for people to dispose of waste, including rubble and building materials. Remember to check for a valid waste transportation license before hiring anyone.

“In this case, none of the men had a license, which ultimately means that anyone who was found to have hired them also risks financial sanctions.

Anyone wishing to report a fly-tip incident should contact their local council. If fly tipping is in progress, contact the police by calling 999. ‘

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