Fly-tippers could be hit by tougher fines

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Stiffer fines for fly-tipping have been welcomed by country landowners in the North.

The Sentencing Council has instructed magistrates to make more use of the “highest level of fines” leaving rural owners celebrating “a step in the right direction”.

Country Landowners Association north regional director Dorothy Fairburn said: “This is long overdue and definitely a step in the right direction.

“On average, it costs the landowner around £800 to clear up each incidence of non-toxic fly-tipped waste on their land, and there is the potential for landowners to be prosecuted purely because they have not removed waste tipped on their land.”

Heavier fines could be handed out for all types of fly-tipping, whether this is a company tipping a lorry-load of used tyres in a field or a householder dumping an old mattress in an alleyway.