BARNSLEY Council will continue to clamp down on fly-tippers after the local authority’s first crushing victory of the year.

On Tuesday, a Ford Transit Tipper caught being used to illegally carry waste was crushed at J Wallis Metals on Nicholas Lane, Thurnscoe.

The council is able to seize vehicles used in fly-tipping and can choose to destroy or sell them if the owner doesn’t come forward - but in this case, the van was deemed not to be roadworthy and its owner issued a £300 fixed penalty notice.

Coun Jenny Platts, cabinet spokesperson for communities, said: “It’s completely unacceptable that a few people feel it is okay to illegally dump waste across our borough.

“If you choose to dump rubbish illegally and spoil the environment then you risk losing your vehicle permanently.

“You could also lose your driving licence and get a hefty fine in court.

“You can help us to tackle fly-tipping by only giving your rubbish to someone with a valid waste carriers’ licence.”