Aerial footage shows 200 TONNES of rubbish dumped in the countryside as police crackdown on ‘industrial scale’ fly-tipping
- Huge mounds of rubbish were left in the countryside in Congleton, Cheshire
- The litter was dumped next to fields of horses as police seized a HGV truck
Aerial footage shows 200 tonnes of dumped waste in the countryside as chiefs vowed to crack down on the ‘industrial scale’ fly-tipping.
The huge mounds of rubbish on Macclesfield Road in Congleton, Cheshire were captured by aerial photos.
Drone footage has now revealed the sheer scale of the litter – which included orange juice cartons, plastic bags and tin cans – is located next to rural fields with horses grazing.
Last week Cheshire Police said they seized a large HGV truck at the scene carrying 35 tonnes of rubbish intended to be added to the pile.
Since then police said they seized a second HGV in Anglesey believed to have been involved in the incident. Both drivers have been interviewed under caution.
Police have discovered 200 tonnes of dumped waste in the Cheshire countryside as chiefs vowed to crack down on the ‘industrial scale’ fly-tipping
The huge mounds of rubbish on Macclesfield Road in Congleton, Cheshire were captured by aerial photos
The piles of rubbish in the countryside are located next to fields with horses grazing
Searches have been undertaken alongside Cheshire Police dogs.
Cheshire Police are making enquiries into the incident alongside the Environment Agency.
PC Rob Stordy from the Rural Crime Team said ‘Waste crime is just one of many crimes affecting our rural neighbours and the negative impact it has on the community should not be underestimated.
‘That’s why our team works with the likes of the Environment Agency to tackle the issue.
‘Criminals are very much mistaken if they think it isn’t an issue we take seriously – our team is always committed to finding those responsible and in doing so making Cheshire a no go area for criminals who are not only a blight on our countryside, but a danger to our environment.’
Jeni Brittlebank, Environment Agency Enforcement Lead for Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire, said: ‘The Environment Agency is committed to tackling waste crime and will take strong action against those who break the law, to protect communities and the environment.
“While results such as this reflect the tough action we take our work does not stop here. We are working in partnership across the North West to fight waste crime and bring those responsible to justice.’
Members of the public can report fly-tipping to Cheshire Police on 101 or via www.cheshire.police.uk/tell-us.
Waste crime can also be reported to the Environment Agency on their 24/7 incident hotline on 0800 807060.
MailOnline has contacted Cheshire East Council for comment.
Cheshire Police are making enquiries into the incident alongside the Environment Agency
Drone footage has revealed the sheer scale of the litter – which included orange juice cartons, plastic bags and tin cans
A huge heap of 200 tonnes of waste was found on a dirt track north of Congleton
A HGV was spotted by police carrying 35 tonnes of rubbish on the site at 6.20pm last Tuesday
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