Fly-tipper dumps 40 bags of waste on Dartmoor
A FLY-TIPPER has dumped 40 black bin bags on moorland.
The bags, containing garden waste, were discovered by a Dartmoor National Park ranger at one of the old bomb bays on the site of a former air base on Roborough Down.
It is thought they were dumped between Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday morning.
The stretch of moorland, owned by the Maristow Estate, is an important wildlife habitat and also home to grazing sheep and ponies.
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The black bags contained hedge clippings, grass cuttings and garden refuse.
The council can serve a fixed penalty on-the-spot fine of £75 for fly tipping. If the case goes to court a fly-tipper can be fined up to £20,000 or jailed for six months.
Cllr Robert Oxborough, chairman of the council's community services committee, said: "There were a lot of black bags so it's possible someone living locally or someone out walking could have seen them being dumped. The perpetrator may have used a trailer or a van. I would appeal to anyone who knows anything to get in touch by calling 01822 813600."