Villagers fed up with fly-tipping set up hidden cameras and catch men red-handed

Residents fed up with fly-tipping at a beauty spot took matters into their own hands by installing hidden HD cameras – and caught two men in the act.

They camouflaged the cameras in the trees and within days of them being put up, they had caught two vans unloading waste around Park Bridge in Tameside, Greater Manchester.

The first video, recorded at 11.40am last Tuesday (October 6), captures a white van reversing into a lay-by before the passenger gets out, runs to the back doors and tips a dustbin full of rubbish and other waste onto the road.

They are seen chucking a mattress, a camping chair, an old bed and big furniture before driving off.

The second clip, which was filmed on a Friday, shows another white van parking up in a hidden lane before a man in green top drags a horde of rubbish onto the road.

Tameside council say the waste has since been cleared up and the incidents are being investigated, reports Manchester Evening News.

Residents say they were forced to take action after fly-tipping became a "weekly" occurrence in the village.

They purchased two £85 cameras, which are normally used for wildlife spotting, and put them up in the spots most commonly targeted.

The cameras are also equipped with motion sensors and night vision.

Dan Bonser, who set up a GoFundMe page to raise the money for the cameras, said: "It's just absolutely disgusting.

"This is a close-knit village, everyone knows everyone and everyone's disgusted by it.

"It's a weekly problem. It's an eyesore, but it's also dangerous."

He said a previous incident had nearly thrown a rider off her horse.

"Since then people seem to have realised they don't have to go to the tip, they can just come to Park Bridge and dump it here," Dan added.

"In fairness to the council they are good at coming and cleaning it up, but it always seems to be a reactive thing. What we need is a proactive approach to stop it happening."

A Tameside Council spokesperson said: "The waste has all been removed – we started the removal yesterday (October 13) and it was completed today (October 14).

"Evidence was found within the waste and this is currently being investigated.

"In general, there is an issue with unregistered waste carriers – or 'man in a van' type operators who often advertise on social media fly-tipping waste."

Fly-tipping is illegal and if any householder's waste is fly-tipped, whether by the owner or someone else on their behalf, they could face an £80 fixed penalty notice or an unlimited fine.

It is a legal requirement that householders check their waste is being disposed of legally and responsibly.

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