Fines of more than £13,000 have been dished out to residents taken to court for fly-tipping offences ­— and Town Hall chiefs have warned that they will continue to crackdown on those dumping waste illegally.

In the last six months, 24 residents have been taken to court for waste offences and fines and costs totalling more than £13,000 have been issued to offenders.

Individual fines ranged from £220 to £2,000. Some of the cases are still ongoing and further fines are expected.

Householders and businesses have also been fined for handing over waste to non-registered carriers who have subsequently dumped items.

Deputy Leader of the council, Cllr Hilary Fairclough, said: “Any person found to be flouting the rules can be fined or prosecuted.

“The council’s enforcement team work tirelessly to find those responsible for fly-tipping.

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“The fines we have issued over the last 6 months send a warning we will not tolerate fly-tipping and will not hesitate to prosecute offenders.

“We encourage anyone to report any suspicious activity related to fly-tipping activity at”

Residents and businesses are reminded to check that any company or individual they employ to dispose of their waste holds the relevant Trade Waste Carriers’ licence to avoid their unwanted goods being flytipped, or they could be fined themselves.

Credentials of waste carriers can be checked for free on the Environment Agency’s website.