Fly tippers are caught dumping rubbish next to the highway emergency dock… and are escorted back by the police to pick it up
- CCTV operators spotted three evil bags next to the emergency shelter
- They were stopped by the police further up the M6 and brought back to the spot
- The trio were photographed on March 28 picking up their trash and shamed by police on social media
Tippers caught dumping trash on a highway were escorted 40 miles back to their trash by police and ordered to collect it.
CCTV operators saw three men leaving bags next to an airport on the M6 near Stafford.
Officers stopped the men further down the highway and then escorted them back.
The red-haired trio were photographed on March 28 picking up their trash after being shamed by police on social media.
PC Nick James, of the central highway group, said: ‘We were able to escort’ [the vehicle] back to the crime scene – about 40 miles round trip – so they could clean up their mess.’
One Twitter user quipped, “Absolute class. I don’t think it was a clean retreat for them.’
Tippers caught dumping trash on a highway were escorted 40 miles back to their trash by police and ordered to collect it
Frank Bird, Highways England’s senior network planner, said: ‘This was a blatant and reckless misuse of one of our designated emergency areas who are there to help people in the event of an emergency.
“We watched the entire incident unfold on our CCTV system in our control room and then quickly reported it to the police, who were able to stop the vehicle and take them safely back to the emergency room to clear up their mess.
“We continue to work closely with our police colleagues who enforce these matters and we want to remind people to take their waste home and dispose of it safely.”
Police said details of the fly-tippers will be forwarded to Environmental Health officials for their information, so if future incidents occur, there will be a recorded history.
Highways England said the incident is being used as a timely reminder of the dangers of litter that endangers our staff when they have to go out and collect it.