Lancashire fly-tipping incidents reach 27,000

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Image caption There were 27,000 fly-tipping incidents in Lancashire

About 27,000 incidents of fly-tipping have been recorded in Lancashire during the last year, government figures show.

Local authorities in the county collectively spend £1.8m a year dealing with the issue, with most incidents being recorded in Burnley.

Blackburn with Darwen Councillor Jane Oates condemned the "selfish behaviour" of those responsible for fly-tipping, including the dumping of asbestos.

Campaigners Keep Britain Tidy described fly-tipping as a "growing problem".

Figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) found there were 900,000 incidents of fly-tipping recorded across England in 2014-15, an increase of 5.6% on the previous 12 months.

Jason Wade, who recycles waste tyres in Padiham and works with Lancashire County Council, said there were "well over 2,000 tyres" fly-tipped last month.

He believes illegal gangs are operating in the area.

Mr Wade said he had taken on extra temporary staff to deal with an increased workload.

As well as the discovery of asbestos last week, Ms Oates said her council's officers had also discovered a small car filled with rubbish.

She described fly-tipping as "a big drain on resources".

Keep Britain Tidy said that while the government has introduced fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping, fines remain low.

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