TWO vehicles have been seized as part of ongoing work to tackle environmental crime across Barnsley.

One vehicle was seized from an address in Monkspring during an investigation into a series of fly-tipping offences in both Worsbrough and Kendray.

A second vehicle was seized in Worsbrough Common during a joint investigation between neighbourhood wardens, police and housing officers into illegal waste carrier and waste storage offences.

Officers investigated a large amount of waste that had been transferred to and stored in a residential garden to the detriment of the surrounding area.

Both vehicles will be searched as part of ongoing investigations.

Coun Wendy Cain, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health and Communities, said: “The recent vehicle seizures are one of a number of ways we are tackling environmental crime in the borough.

“It is unacceptable for individuals to blight our local area by fly-tipping and storing waste in a way that affects our neighbourhoods.

“If you choose to commit any environmental crime, we will take action and you risk losing your vehicle permanently, losing your driving license and you could face a hefty fine.”

The council has reminded residents that they can take steps to help protect the borough against fly-tipping by being responsible with waste. Only hand over rubbish to someone with a valid waste carriers’ licence, pay by bank transfer and get a waste transfer note. You can be held responsible and face court action if you give your rubbish to someone who has no authority to carry waste.