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Construction materials fly-tipped on common

Construction materials in an 80m strip have has been discovered dumped in a south London park.

Wandsworth Council is taking legal action against a suspect after building materials and rubble were found on Tooting Common.

The council will be issuing a summons to the local man to appear at a magistrates’ court for a breach of environmental protection laws. He could face an unlimited fine or jail term of up to six months if convicted.

Officers from the council’s parks police service launched an investigation that led them to a nearby address.

The council’s environment spokesman Jonathan Cook said: “This waste has now all been picked up and due to the efforts of the parks police service, ably assisted by local residents who provided us with some very useful information.

“We are also working to trace the owner of the vehicle that was involved. If we are able to do that and get this person into court we will be urging the magistrates, or even potentially a crown court judge, to impose the very toughest sentence to reflect the community’s anger and dismay at what has happened.”

The council added that the biggest culprits it comes across for fly-tipping large quantities of rubbish are van drivers who offer householders a cheap deal to remove household waste.

The householder who paid the illegal tippers to take their waste away is also liable under the law.

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