A Ford Transit van suspected of being involved in fly-tipping has been crushed in the first case of its kind in Stoke-on-Trent.
The vehicle white Ford Transit van, with a 2007 registration plate, is suspected of being involved in an incident which resulted in 1,000 gallons of engine oil dumped in a public alleyway in Clanway Street, Tunstall on 4 June.
The van was seized on 8 June by council environmental crime officers using powers under The Control of Waste (Dealing with Seized Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015. Under the regulations, the council advertised and allowed 15 working days for someone to claim the vehicle – and no-one has done so.
It is the first time the council has taken this step and it is being done to make an example that fly-tipping will not be tolerated in the city.