A man has been slapped with a hefty fine after council officers found that he’d dumped over 25 bin bags full of rubbish at a County Durham green space.

At the end of last week, enforcement teams from Durham County Council were made aware of a large-scale fly-tip at Gurney Valley, Bishop Auckland.

After investigating the dumped rubbish, it’s now been confirmed that the team managed to locate the man responsible for the fly-tipping – who is from outside the region.

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He has been interviewed by council officials and handed two £400 fines.

The council have also confirmed that the rubbish has now been removed.

A spokesperson for Durham County Council’s enforcement team said: “Neighbourhood Wardens have been investigating a fly-tip at Gurney Valley, Bishop Auckland.

The Northern Echo: The fly-tipping in Bishop Auckland. Picture: DURHAM COUNTY COUNCILThe fly-tipping in Bishop Auckland. Picture: DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL

“The team linked in with officers from the Fly Tipping team and were able to apprehend the male responsible, who is from outside of County Durham.

“The male was interviewed and received 2 Fixed Penalties for two offences of fly-tipping.

“The waste has now been removed.”

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