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Sepa in fly-tipping concern talks in Aberdeen

Fly-tipping in Aberdeen
Image caption Problems have been reported in the Woodside area of Aberdeen

An environmental watchdog is in discussions with Aberdeen City Council over how to tackle a fly-tipping blackspot.

BBC Scotland told how residents in the Woodside area claimed they had been threatened by people illegally dumping rubbish near the River Don.

They said an area used by families and dog walkers, and home to wildlife, had been ruined.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said it was in talks.

Sepa said it wanted to find a way forward.

Mattresses, tyres and general rubbish are among the items often dumped.

A Sepa spokesman said: "We would like to take this opportunity to encourage members of the public who witness and fly-tipping at the site to contact Sepa or the Dumb Dumpers hotline as soon as possible, giving us as many details as they can.

"Getting details quickly will mean we can begin investigations early and take effective action as necessary.

"Sepa has a 24-hour report line on 0800 80 70 60 and the Dumb Dumpers hotline is 0845 2 30 40 90. All contact can be treated as confidential."

Aberdeen City Council said it operated a zero tolerance policy and litter offenders would be fined.

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