Police in Cheshire seized an HGV last month during an operation to tackle “industrial” levels of fly-tipping in the county. Officers from the force’s Rural Crime Team attended a dirt track between Congleton and Macclesfield on the evening of 15 August and discovered the lorry surrounded by around 200 tonnes of waste. The vehicle, which was carrying 35 tonnes of waste, was seized and the driver voluntarily attended the local police station to be interviewed under caution. Enquiries are continuing with the team and 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.”