Motorway fly-tippers forced by police to drive back and clean up their mess
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A group of fly-tippers were caught on camera dumping rubbish on a motorway – and were forced to go back and clean up their mess by police.
The three men. who’d dumped bags of trash on a grass verge of the M6, were collared by traffic police and ordered to drive five miles back to the spot where they’d left it and clear it up.
The trio were spotted by Highways Agency CCTV operators discarding their waste between junctions 12 and 13 on the busy motorway in Staffordshire, yesterday.
Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) officers then intercepted their VW vehicle between junctions 14 and 15 and escorted the men back to the scene.
Comical pictures show the red-faced trio bending down to pick up their piles of rubbish by hand after they were shamed by officers on social media.
CMPG officers tweeted: "M6 J12 to J13 a eagle eyed @HighwaysWMIDS who was monitoring the CCTV cameras notice the occupants of a Passat dumping rubbish in a ERA bay.
"We intercepted the vehicle M6 J14 to J15 and escorted them back clear their rubbish up. Details passed to @EnvAgency."
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Twitter users praised the officers for delivering "instant karma" after images of the fly-tippers were posted on the social media site.
Jacqueline Weaver put: "I would love to have seen their faces when pulled over by you. Bloody fantastic work officers."
Carl Brindley said: "Instant karma right there – serves you right lads. Show us their faces next time."
Ann Williamson wrote: "Brilliant! Should have got them to pick up everyone else's rubbish whilst they were there."
And another Twitter user Nick Williams added: "Absolute class guess it wasn't a clean getaway for them."
James Hawkes, Highways England Network Operations Manager for the Midlands said: "We spotted this blatant and reckless abuse of one of our designated emergency areas on our CCTV system and quickly passed it to the police.
"We continue to work closely with our police colleagues who enforce issues like this.
"Emergency areas are there for just that, an emergency.
"They’re not there for people who fly-tip, which is highly irresponsible and illegal."
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