A PHOTO of a fly-tipping incident in Hereford has been released as Herefordshire Council warns people of the consequences.

The council were alerted to the case that was found in Rotherwas Industrial estate, Hereford, through Facebook posts.

So many residents were shocked at how much waste had been tipped, said the council's head of public protection Marc Willimont.

"In this case, the unusually large quantity of waste was tipped because the offenders had not got the necessary permit to take the rubbish to one of the council's waste sites in a commercial vehicle.

The offenders had not got the necessary permit to take the rubbish to one of the council's waste sites,  said a Herefordshire Council spokespersonFly-tipping in Rotherwas Industrial Estate, Hereford Picture: Herefordshire Council

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"So, they simply u-turned from the waste site and fly-tipped it nearby," he said.

Narcis Sebastian Buruianan and Vasile Florin Stefarca entered guilty pleas when they appeared before magistrates in Hereford.

The court heard 39-year-old Buruianan and 21-year-old Stefarca had dumped controlled waste including a sofa, doors, radiators, wooden chairs, a bed frame, and other general rubbish in a gateway off Gatehouse Road in Rotherwas, Hereford, on October 17.

Mr Willimont warned fly-tipping costs council taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds each year and anyone found will always be prosecuted.

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"This case is a clear example of what will happen when the council traces the waste back to those responsible," he said.

The maximum penalty for fly-tipping is a £50,000 fine and can lead to five years' imprisonment.

The council's community protection team will investigate unlawful waste disposal and fly-tipping cases reported via the council's website or by calling 01432 261761.