Fly-tippers are caught dumping rubbish next to motorway emergency bay… and get escorted back by police to pick it all up
- CCTV operators spotted three mean leaving bags next to emergency refuge bay
- They were stopped further up the M6 by police and escorted back to the spot
- The trio were pictured picking up their rubbish on March 28 and shamed by police on social media
Fly-tippers caught dumping rubbish on a motorway were escorted 40 miles back to their waste by police and ordered to pick it up.
CCTV operators spotted three men leaving bags next to an emergency refuge bay on the M6 near Stafford.
Officers stopped the men further up the motorway and then escorted them back.
The red-faced trio were pictured picking up their rubbish on March 28 after they were shamed by police on social media.
PC Nick James, from the central motorway group, said: ‘We were able to escort [the vehicle] back to the scene – roughly around a 40-mile round trip – so they could pick up their mess.’
One Twitter user joked: ‘Absolute class. Guess it wasn’t a clean getaway for them.’
Fly-tippers caught dumping rubbish on a motorway were escorted 40 miles back to their waste by police and ordered to pick it up
Highways England’s senior network planner, Frank Bird, said: ‘This was a blatant and reckless abuse of one of our designated emergency areas which are there to help people in the event of just that, an emergency.
‘We watched the whole incident unfold on our CCTV system in our control room and then quickly passed it to the police who were able to stop the vehicle and escort them safely back to the emergency area to tidy up their mess.
‘We continue to work closely with our police colleagues who enforce issues like this and we’d remind people to take their litter home and dispose of it safely.’
The police said that the fly-tippers details will be forwarded to Environmental Health officers for their information so should any future incidents occur there will be a recorded history.
Highways England said the incident is being used as a timely reminder about the dangers of littering which puts our workforce at risk when they have to go out and collect it.