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Wales is dumped on

The Welsh Assembly has released figures showing the scale of the fly-tipping problem in Wales.

As revealed by MRW last week, there are 70,000 illegal dumpings per month across England and Wales.

Between April and November 2004, nearly 13,500 of those occurred in Wales.

Half of Wales' fly-tipping incidents were in the south east of the country, costing £375,748 to clean up.

The total bill for taxpayers during that period was £725,000.

Environment Minister Carwyn Jones said: "Fly-tipping is irresponsible and selfish, as well as illegal, and will not be tolerated. Local authorities now have the power to deal with this serious environmental crime and fly-tippers could face a maximum fine of £50,000 if the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill is adopted."

All of the statistics were collected through the fly-tipping database Flycapture, which was supported by the Welsh Assembly Government, the Environment Agency Wales and the Welsh Local Government Association.

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