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Crackdown on railway fly-tippers in Banbury

Rubbish beside railway
Image caption Fly-tipping can pose a danger to trains

More than 25 tonnes of rubbish have been removed from one mile of railway line in Banbury.

The waste was found as part of a crackdown on fly-tipping hotspots by Network Rail.

Rubbish included shopping trolleys, bicycles, televisions and large amounts of scrap metal.

Network Rail said railway lines were often prime targets for fly-tipping, but offenders can be fined up to £1,000.

Chris Rowley, Network Rail's area general manager, said: "Fly-tipping is not only illegal, it blights the green corridor alongside rail lines and threatens the safe running of the railway.

"Our team has cleaned up a mile of track which has long been targeted by mindless fly-tippers.

"The difference is fantastic and will make a positive difference for local residents and people using the railway."

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