[F]LY-TIPPERS have dumped a large amount of cables and wiring on a rural Copeland road.
The cables were left on the roadside between Pica and Asby over the weekend – and it is the second time similar items have been dumped in the same area over the past week.
Copeland mayor Mike Starkie said: “It’s a disgrace that our beautiful area is being blighted by people who have a complete disregard for others.
“This was a large pile of waste left strewn over the road, which is a rural route and is unlit, and this could so easily have caused an accident.
“That’s not to mention the devastating impact episodes like this have on our environment. We won’t tolerate this sort of behaviour.”
Mark Holliday, Copeland’s portfolio holder for waste, added: “Our waste teams removed the offending items, but this always comes at a cost to the taxpayer.
“We urge anyone who has any information on those responsible to get in touch with us on 01946 598300 or [email protected]”
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months’ imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates’ Court. The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to five years’ imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court.
There are also a number of other possible penalties, including fixed penalty notices of between £150 and £400, and seizing a vehicle, and/or its contents, because of suspected involvement in fly-tipping.