Appeal for information on fly tipping after 'piles of rubbish' discovered in Harrogate

Police have issued a crackdown on fly-tipping.
Police have issued a crackdown on fly-tipping.

Police are appealing for information after fly-tippers left childrens toys, broken furniture and other goods strewn across a country lane near Harrogate.

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Both North Yorkshire Police and Harrogate Borough Council shared details online of the incident on Greenhow Hill Road on Tuesday.

A police patrol discovered the piles of rubbish on Monday and posted images online. It is believed the items could have been taken from a recent house clearance, and police are appealing for residents who recognise items to contact HBC.

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Sgt Paul Cording of North Yorkshire Police wrote online: ”Fly-tipping costs councils thousands of pounds to clear up and is a blight on the community. Please share with your friends and family, and if anyone has paid someone for a house clearance or recognises the items please do get in touch with Harrogate Borough Council.”

HBC recommended that residents having rubbish collected ask to see a waste carriers license and get a receipt, adding that the cost of illegal dumping is borne by residents.

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A spokesperson for HBC said: “There is never an excuse for illegally dumping rubbish. Fly-tipping is a blight on society and costs us £40,000 a year to clear-up in just the Harrogate district alone.

“It’s a cost which is being borne – unfairly – by the council tax payer.”