BARNSLEY’S efforts to stop fly-tippers in their tracks have been recognised with a top award.

Last year Barnsley Council seized 17 vehicles used in waste crime offences - more than half of the total number seized across Yorkshire and the Humber of 27.

And the achievement has been celebrated with a Yorkshire and Humber Environmental Enforcement Group award.

Coun Jenny Platts said: “It’s fantastic to see council efforts across Yorkshire and Humber continuing to crack down on those who choose to blight the environment with their waste.

“Our enforcement team in Barnsley carry out great work to deal with offenders to stop people illegally making money from tipping in our borough, needless to say, we’re very proud we were able to seize 17 vehicles used in waste crime incidents.”

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Across the region, local authorities undertook 75,000 activities - from seizing vehicles to sending out warning letters, fixed penalty fines and prosecution of individuals and businesses.

Mark Benton, chairman of Yorkshire and Humber Environmental Enforcement Group, said: “The figures released by DEFRA show that the councils within Yorkshire and Humber use a wide of measures to reduce waste crime and fly-tipping.

“Cash-strapped councils are still working hard to take action against those who spoil where we live.”