Bungling fly-tippers found themselves stuck in a pile of rubbish while illegally ditching waste at a Hampshire beauty spot before asking for their van back and claiming they had broken down.
The owners of the van were forced to abandon their vehicle after trying to dump illegal waste at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Clanfield in Hampshire late last Wednesday night.
The owners of the van were forced to abandon their vehicle after trying to dump illegal waste at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Clanfield in Hampshire late last Wednesday night
Martin Montague, the founder of an app called ClearWaste which lets users report fly-tipping and recommends licensed waste removers, has since spoken out on the issue.
He said that it looked like bolt cutters had been used to break the locks on the park's gates.
Mr Montague, who appeared on the BBC's Panorama last night, said: These fly-tippers got stuck at a council country park in Hampshire.
'They claim they ''broke down'' and now they are asking for their van back.
They called park officials the next day and asked for the truck back after claiming it had broken down even though half of the van's load had already been dumped on the ground
Pictured: The truck which got stuck while fly-tipping
'Should the council prosecute them and crush it - or give it back?'
'We get hundreds of reports of fly-tipping on our app every day and giving people alternatives than using dodgy unlicensed traders they find on social media will help to stop lots of incidents of fly-tipping.'
Martin Montague, the founder of an app called ClearWaste which lets users report fly-tipping and recommends licensed waste removers, has since spoken out on the issue. He said that it looked like bolt cutters had been used to break the locks on the park's gates
He added: 'This fly-tipper obviously thought he could get away with dumping this load of rubbish on land at Queen Elizabeth Country Park leaving us taxpayers with the clear-up bill'
He told The News: 'We want a crush and prosecution... We now hope Hampshire County Council (which owns the country park) pursues this.'
'They were obviously fly-tipping when they got stuck. It was a big tipper truck that was so heavily laden with illegal stuff that it got stuck when it went over a mound of fly-tipping.'
Hampshire County Council has been contacted for comment.
How fly tipping has soared since first Covid lockdown
Fly-tipping incidents have increased sharply since the first lockdown in March last year.
Reports of illegal waste dumping in rural communities increased by 300 per cent shortly after the first lockdown started, with a combination of people clearing out their homes and the closure of recycling centres blamed for the sharp rise.
There were 976,000 incidents of fly-tipping on public land in England in the year 2019-2020 - a two per cent increase on the previous year.
However these figures do not include incidents of illegal dumping on private land or large-scale incidents dealt with by the Environment Agency.
Environment minister Rebecca Pow told ITV: 'Fly-tipping is completely unacceptable and these cynical offenders need to know that councils are taking increasing action and that they face on-the-spot fines of £400 or up to five years in prison if convicted in court.
'We are committed to tackling waste crime even further, but there is more that we must all do,' she said.
'Everyone has a legal duty of care when handling waste, and all householders and businesses must ensure that they pass their waste to licensed carriers, as failure to do so could result in a £400 fine.'