THE council has reaffirmed its tough stance on environmental crime across the borough by crushing a vehicle.

As part of its ongoing work to stop fly-tippers, a van was crushed after the vehicle’s owner was caught fly-tipping a large amount of household waste in Barnsley.

The vehicle was seized from an address in Sheffield using the enforcement team’s delegated powers as part of an investigation into environment-related offences. This investigation is ongoing.

The council can seize a vehicle for a number of reasons and if the registered owner doesn’t claim the vehicle, it can be sold or destroyed.

In this case, the council says, it crushed the vehicle to send a message to anyone considering fly-tipping or any other environmental offence.

Coun Wendy Cain, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health and Communities, said: “It is unacceptable that individuals take it upon themselves to blight our local areas with fly-tipping.

“We’re working alongside the police and the general public to tackle fly-tipping by clearing waste and tacking action against those who dump it.

“If you choose to dump waste illegally in the borough then you risk losing your vehicle permanently, losing your driving license and you could face a hefty fine.”