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Fly-tipping on unlit rural Droitwich road 'could have cost lives'

Droitwich Editorial 5th Nov, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

FLY-TIPPERS who dumped a lorry load of tree cuttings in the middle of an unlit rural road near Droitwich have been slammed for their ‘reckless’ behaviour which could have jeopardised innocent motorists’ lives.

The incident (pictured) took place between Saleway and Dunhampstead on Tuesday (November 4) when it was also foggy and conditions and visibility were poor.

After it was reported, Wychavon District Council took swift action to clear the debris from the road, potentially preventing a serious crash.

And this was not the first time it had happened – in the last 12 months alone, there have been ten incidents of fly-tipping on that road and ten in total in the last decade.

Sharon Casswell, Wychavon District Council’s client services manager, said: “This was not only illegal but a deliberate and reckless act which endangered motorists, particularly with the foggy weather at the start of this week.

“We have a variety of tools available to us to tackle fly-tipping and we’re reviewing the situation to see what more can be done in this location.”

She added fly-ripping was not a harmless crime – it cost taxpayers and landowners money to sort out and at the very least inconvenienced the public.

But, she said, on this occasion, it was very dangerous.

And she warned flytippers that, whenever evidence was found, the authority would always prosecute the perpetrators.

Residents are also being warned they could face court action if they use unauthorised people or companies to take away their waste, which is then illegally dumped.

Under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 those disposing of waste have a duty of ensure it is done legally.

Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/flytipping to report incidents of fly-tipping.

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