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PHOTOS: Sofa and beer bottles found dumped in park

PHOTOS: Sofa and beer bottles found dumped in park

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:41pm 3rd July 2018. (Updated at 3:11pm 3rd July 2018)

A sofa and beer bottles have been found dumped in a beauty spot in Falmouth.

Michelle Burns was walking through Queen Mary Gardens when she made the discovery.

Now it has sparked a warning about fly-tipping - with officials reminding people that it's illegal.

Michelle posted on Twitter: "My beautiful walk spoiled this morning.

"What on earth is wrong with people???

"The lovely Queen Mary Gardens not looking so pretty this morning.

"Sofa inside and lots of broken bottles outside."

If you discover fly-tipped waste...

Do not:

  • touch the waste - it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances
  • disturb the site; there may be evidence that could help identify the fly-tippers and lead to their prosecution

Do:

  • visually try to work out what the waste consists of and how much there is
  • make a note of the day, date and time you saw the tipping, its exact location and whether it is in or near water

If you see someone fly-tipping make a note of...

  • how many people are involved and what they look like
  • what has been tipped - how much and what it looks like
  • details of any vehicles involved including make, colour and registration number if possible

Penalty for fly-tipping

Dumping household, industrial and commercial waste illegally is a serious criminal offence that carries a fine of up to £20,000 (unlimited if the case goes to the Crown Court) or an offender can even be sent to prison. It is also an offence to permit fly-tipping. We treat this problem very seriously and will usually prosecute anyone caught fly-tipping waste.

Fly-tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles; in this case the person who owns the vehicle can also be prosecuted, which means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable. The police also have the powers to seize vehicles used for fly-tipping.

You can report fly-tipping here.

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