North East UK news Van seized in Sunderland after council suspected it was used for fly-tipping PremierLeague-News.Com
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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A van has been seized in Sunderland after the council suspected it was used for fly-tipping. Sunderland City Council seized the van from an address in Humbledon View, Ashbrooke, on Friday morning. Similar seizures were also made where vehicles were suspected to have been used by people for fly-tipping. Of the four vehicles seized since April last year, subsequent investigations resulted in two vehicles being crushed while the other two were returned to their owners. Councils are allowed to confiscate any vehicle they suspect has been involved in environmental crime or fly-tipping. Owners can request to claim their vehicle back and the council will decide as to whether the vehicle will be returned. If a decision is made not to return the vehicle this could result in the vehicle being crushed or sold. Council leader Coun Graeme Miller said: "We hope this seizure and others like it will act as a stark warning to any drivers tempted to fly-tip. "Fly-tipping can be a real blight on communities and our residents quite rightly want to see it stamped out. So where we come across evidence that a vehicle may have been used for fly-tipping, we use our legal powers to seize it. "If the owner doesn’t come forward within a certain period of time to claim it and provide the relevant documentation, we look to use these powers to either crush it or sell it.
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.gov.uk/guidance/access-the-public-register-for-environmental-information or by calling them on 08708 506 506.
Coun Miller added: "I would urge anyone planning to use a private waste collector to make the proper checks first so that they don't unknowingly fall victim to fly-tippers. "We all have a legal ‘Duty of Care’ to make sure our waste is disposed of lawfully so if you are arranging a private collection it's really important to check where the waste is going and whether they have a valid waste carrier's licence. "That way you're not going to end up picking up the bill if the collector you've used goes on to dump your waste elsewhere. "I'd also like to thank everyone who helps to keep our city clean by taking the time to report fly-tipping because it allows us to take action against those who are responsible." Anyone who witnesses fly-tipping can report it to https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/report-flytipping or by calling 0191 520 5550.
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