Fly-tipping incidents cost Liverpool City Council £1m

Liverpool City Council has been forced to pay a £1 million fine after thousands of tonnes of waste was dumped at vacant industrial sites in Merseyside.

The Council confirmed there had been six illegal waste disposal incidents in less than four months, with officials claiming it was likely waste was being moved in from other parts of the UK in a ‘highly sophisticated fashion’.

The incidents took place in Everton, Garston, Speke and Aintree.

The council has released photographs of a lorry suspected of being involved in one incident at Wilbraham Street in Everton in August.

Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: "This is a highly sophisticated operation taking place during the day using professional equipment with workers in hi-vis jackets.

"In most cases people don't think it is suspicious and just think it is normal activity on an industrial estate.

"The fact of the matter is that this is illegal dumping of household waste on a massive scale."