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Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil spokesman Dean Spurrell said: “We are aware of a fly-tip­ping in­ci­dent which hap­pened last week in Mer­sham. Un­for­tu­nately we are un­able to re­move the waste, as it was dumped on private land. “The coun­cil has a duty of care to re­move waste dumped on pub­lic land, but this does not ex­tend to waste left on private land. “The En­vi­ron­ment Agency can of­fer ad­vice on al­ter­na­tive com­mer­cial waste con­trac­tors who are li­censed to deal with this type of fly-tip­ping. “The fly-tip­ping of waste is il­le­gal, and the coun­cil works closely with other or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing KCC, Trad­ing Stan­dards, the En­vi­ron­ment Agency and the po­lice to en­sure those re­spon­si­ble for fly-tip­ping are dealt with. “Large fines will be given to those re­spon­si­ble for fly-tip­ping and those who fail to treat their waste cor­rectly. “We would en­cour­age any­one who has wit­nessed a fly-tip­ping in­ci­dent to re­port it on our fly­tip­ping hot­line, 01233 330535.”

The units of stag­ing dumped on Mr Poole’s drive were la­belled with the words Test the Na­tion, and also with the name, ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber of a the­atri­cal sup­ply com­pany. How­ever, the phone num­ber does not work, and the com­pany is no longer listed in di­rec­tory en­quiries, al­though an in­ter­net search shows it in old list­ings un­der the ad­dress la­belled. Test the Na­tion is a BBC tele­vised quiz, which is aired pe­ri­od­i­cally.

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