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Crushed! Truck abandoned by Leeds flytippers turned into scrap

PC Andy Katkowski and PCSO Stephen Wales with environmental action officer Bev Kirk, and the crushed truck.

PC Andy Katkowski and PCSO Stephen Wales with environmental action officer Bev Kirk, and the crushed truck.

Bungling flytippers who crashed as they tried to escape police have had their chances of reoffending crushed.

The louts sped off in their flatbed truck when they realised they had been caught red-handed dumping rubbish on a bridleway in Bramham last October.

But they were forced to abandon the vehicle after they crashed at the junction of Paradise Way and Thorner Road.

Police seized the truck and called in the council’s environmental action officers to investigate.

Inquiries have so far failed to trace the offenders. But, with no-one attempting to claim the truck back, it was been stripped for parts before being crushed.

Coun Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment, said: “People are fed up of their communities being used as unofficial dumping grounds.

“We use all the legal powers at our disposal to put flytippers out of action. Although we’d like to have our day in court with the offenders, removing and destroying the key tool in their illegal trade so they can’t commit other crimes is a great result.”

Insp Paul Dwyer, who heads Wetherby neighbourhood police, said: “Despite our best efforts, we have not yet been able to identify those responsible but in the meantime the destruction of their vehicle is a positive message.”

In a similar case in July last year, a vehicle used to tip rubbish in Holbeck was seized and sold at auction. To report flytipping call 0113 222 4406.

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