Truck Seized During Fly Tipping Arrests is Crushed
April 15, 2016, 3:00 pm
The unregistered vehicle was seized in March this year when its two occupants were arrested in Heathbourne Road, Bushey on suspicion of fly-tipping offences in the borough. This followed a joint operation between Environmental Health officers and the police.
The occupants were bailed by police whilst the council continues with its investigation into a number of alleged offences and prepares to summons the individuals to court.
Following the arrests, the vehicle was seized under the Control of Waste (Dealing with Seized Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 and, under Section 21 of those regulations, became the property of the council when a legitimate claim on the unregistered vehicle wasnâ€™t made within 15 working days. The legislation allows vehicles to be seized not only if occupants are caught committing fly-tipping offences, but also for committing duty of care offences or being unlicensed waste carriers.
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Councillor Jean Heywood, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, said: â€œThe council, police and other authorities work closely to tackle the problem of fly-tipping, as shown by these arrests which followed a joint operation. The action we have taken with this vehicle hopefully sends out a clear message that we take a robust stance and will use legislation available to combat fly-tipping. Itâ€™s a serious crime for which a court can impose an unlimited fine and up to five yearsâ€™ imprisonment.â€
PC Philip Tuck, Rural & Wildlife Crime Officer for Hertsmere, said: â€œThis is the first time weâ€™ve used this legislation to crush a vehicle in Hertfordshire. Weâ€™re pleased that having their vehicle seized and crushed will be very inconvenient for this couple. The precedence has been set and we wonâ€™t hesitate to seize and crush vehicles in the future. The message is simple â€“ think twice about fly-tipping. Is it really worth losing your vehicle?
Source: Hertfordshire Constabulary