Po­lice hold fly-tip­ping day of ac­tion

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Two vans have been seized by po­lice as part of a crack­down on fly-tip­ping in Maid­stone.

Of­fi­cers from the Ru­ral Task Force also is­sued a num­ber of fines to driv­ers dur­ing a day of ac­tion to tackle the il­le­gal move­ment and dis­posal of waste.

The op­er­a­tion took place last week and was as­sisted by Maid­stone coun­cil of­fi­cers.

In to­tal 10 ve­hi­cles were stopped for checks, lead­ing to fines to­talling £900.

In King Street a Ford Tran­sit was stopped and the driver slapped with a fine, af­ter it was found to have no li­cence for car­ry­ing or trans­fer­ring waste.

In Loose Road a Re­nault Master van was also im­pounded af­ter it was found to be unin­sured.

Sergeant Dar­ren Wal­shaw said: “Fly tip­ping is a large scale is­sue which blights both ru­ral ar­eas and our town cen­tres. It is of­ten the re­sult of or­gan­ised crim­i­nal­ity that causes con­sid­er­able dis­tress to many peo­ple.

“We work closely with our part­ners, in­clud­ing the lo­cal au­thor­ity, to en­sure those en­gaged in fly tip­ping face the con­se­quences.”

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