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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Shoppers ‘driving to Barrow to dump waste’

COUNCIL bosses in Barrow have launched a crackdown on fly-tippers after 300 reported incidents in the last two months.

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Those caught could be fined up to £5,000 if they dump their waste illegally.

Council workers say they also have evidence of refuse left by shoppers in Barrow who have travelled from Ulverston and Broughton and brought it in their cars to dump.

In the last week across Barrow environmental health workers have picked up dumped asbestos piping, sofas, a lilo and a multitude of household waste.

Earlier this month John Duffin, 57, of St Peters Road, Kineton, Warwick, was fined £1,500, £1,100 costs and £150 victim surcharge after a tip-off from a public spirited local.

A concerned resident spotted a man placing a large quantity of containers at the Tesco recycling centre on Hindpool Road, Barrow.

The case was heard before Furness Magistrates’ Court on June 3 and Duffin pleaded guilty to depositing controlled waste not in compliance with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Barrow Council streetcare manager Alan Barker said the level of the fine showed the seriousness of the offence.

He said: “This type of behaviour will not be tolerated in the borough.

“We will make every effort to identify offenders and take the appropriate action.”

Streetcare officer Nick Christofides added that they had received 177 calls in April and 123 last month about rubbish being dumped across the borough.

He added that on Hall Street car park in Barrow they had seen household rubbish dumped by shoppers visiting Barrow from Ulverston and Broughton.

Mr Christofides said documentation among the rubbish provided addresses.

He added that businesses fly-tipping would face fines of up to £5,000 and individuals given £75 fines, which if not paid would go to court and be increased.

Mr Christofides added: “We are actively seeking offenders and will look for evidence contained in the rubbish.

“This is not acceptable and we need people to realise we will prosecute them. If we find it to be a landlord or business they will be invited to interview under caution.”

Mr Barker said: “Members of the public can help by taking registration numbers, times and descriptions and letting us know.” As part of the Evening Mail’s Big Clean campaign, if you have any information call the team on 01229 876543.

Have your say

We never had this when we had propper size bins and none of this recycle silly green nonsense!

Posted by Mike on 24 June 2014 at 07:14

what can you take to the bins at Tesco then?

Posted by PETER on 23 June 2014 at 22:56

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