Disgusting dumpsters are warned to stop dumping trash on railroad grounds or face criminal consequences.
Several tonnes of stinky household rubbish, a selection of old sofas, mattresses and bicycles have been illegally dumped along the disused Preston to Longridge railway line near Skeffington Road in Deepdale, Preston.
Nationwide, millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money are spent on criminal dumpers every year – money that would otherwise be used to improve stations and train tracks, providing better journeys for passengers and the freight in the Northwest.
Network Rail’s Lancashire maintenance protection co-ordinator Ian Croucher said: ‘We will not tolerate anyone using the railway as an illegal waste dump and we are doing all we can to catch those responsible and bring them to justice. .
“Unsightly litter like this near Skeffington Road is a health and environmental hazard. Anyone who sees fly spills occurring on the railway should contact the British Transport Police immediately.
Network Rail uses covert tactics and works closely with the British Transport Police to catch criminal thieves.
Hidden cameras are installed in known “grot spots” to gather evidence so those responsible can be brought to justice.
British Transport Police Inspector Pete Wilcock said: “Fly dumping is a criminal offense and those responsible could face prosecution and a heavy fine.
“Dumping rubbish on the railway creates an eyesore and forces Network Rail to pay for its removal. Money that could be invested elsewhere.
“We continue to work with Network Rail combining our many resources to prevent fly tipping.
“If you witness or have any information about fly tipping on the railway please report it to us on 0800 405040.”
For more information on how Network Rail is tackling fly tipping visit: www.networkrail.co.uk/communities/living-by-the-railway/litter-and-fly-tipping/.
Incidents of fly tipping can be reported to Network Rail’s 24 hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.
If you have any information or see anyone tipping, contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.