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Fly tippers will now face arrest

Police are to be given the power to arrest suspected fly-tippers in a Government move that will stun and delight many politicians and key recycling industry figures.
Pressure had been growing on the Government with MPs, council officers and waste firm representatives pushing for the change.
The Conservatives asked Parliament this week to add a clause to the Clean Neighbourhoods Bill that would make fly-tipping an arrestable offence.
But Minister of State for Local Environmental Quality Alun Michael shocked the Commons when he revealed that the bill already included such a measure.
Further inspection showed that Clause 41 makes the maximum penalty for fly-tipping five years in prison, automatically classifying the offence as arrestable.
An MRW investigation prior to this discovery revealed wide-ranging support for the law change - and no knowledge that it was already in the Clean Neighbourhoods Bill.
Labour MP Paul Flynn supported calls for arrests to be allowed for the offence, saying: "Fly-tipping is a vast and growing problem in the rural areas of my constituency."
Plaid Cymru MP Simon Thomas had added: "Yes, I'm happy to support the proposal."
Environmental Services Association chief executive Dirk Hazell said: "We support the proposal."
Reported incidents of fly-tipping grew by 40% between 2001 and 2003, with the cost to the UK now up to £150 million per year.

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