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Villagers in a Tameside beauty spot were so fed-up with fly-tipping they chipped in to buy some hidden cameras - this is what they captured

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 14/10/2020 Damon Wilkinson

Villagers at a beauty spot were so fed up with fly-tipping they all chipped in to buy some hidden cameras.

And within days of them being put up they'd caught two vans dumping rubbish on the country lanes around Park Bridge in Tameside.

In the first video, recorded at 11.40am last Tuesday, a white van can be seen reversing into a lay-by, before the passenger gets out, runs to the back doors and tips a dustbin full rubbish and other waste onto the road.

And on a Friday a second camera caught another white van in the act.

Two men get out of the vehicle, open the rear doors and dump a mattress, three chairs and what appears to be an old bed onto the ground before driving off.

Tameside council say the waste has since been cleared up and the incidents are being investigated.

Residents say they were forced to take action after fly-tipping became a 'weekly' occurrence in the village.

They bought two £85 cameras, which are normally used for wildlife spotting, and put them up in the spots most commonly targeted.

a group of people in a car: Fly-tipping caught on a hidden camera at Park Bridge in Tameside © UGC Fly-tipping caught on a hidden camera at Park Bridge in Tameside

Dan Bonser, who set up a GoFundMe page to raise the money for the cameras, which are camouflaged and equipped with motion sensors and night vision, said: "It's just absolutely disgusting.

"This is a close knit village, everyone knows everyone and everyone's disgusted by it.

"It's a weekly problem. It's an eyesore, but it's also dangerous.

"A horse rider was nearly thrown off her horse last week when a piece of tarpaulin that had been dumped flew up in her face.

"We assumed it was happening at night, but the last two lots we've caught just did it in the middle of the day.

"And it seems to have gotten worse during lockdown when the tips closed for a while.

"Since then people seem to have realised they don't have to go to the tip they can just come to Park Bridge and dump it here.

"In fairness to the council they are good at coming and cleaning it up, but it always seems to be a reactive thing. What we need is a proactive approach to stop it happening."

A Tameside Council spokesperson said: "The waste has all been removed – we started the removal yesterday and it was completed today.

"Evidence was found within the waste and this is currently being investigated.

"Flytipping is illegal and unacceptable at all times both to the local community and environment and to public resources and we will always take action where appropriate.

"In general, there is an issue with unregistered waste carriers - or 'man in a van' type operators who often advertise on social media - flytipping waste.

"If your waste is fly tipped, by you or by someone else on your behalf, you could face a £80 fixed penalty notice or an unlimited fine.

"It is a legal requirement that householders check their waste is being disposed of legally and responsibly."

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