COUNCIL bosses have vowed to catch fly-tippers and haul them before the courts where they face being sent to prison.
The stark warning comes after an angry dog walker photographed piles of rubbish dumped near Brierton Lane, in Hartlepool.
He sent a snap of the mess to Hartlepool Borough Council officers, who have vowed to come down heavily on those caught fly-tipping.
A council spokesman said: “We are certainly aware of the incidents of fly-tipping in the area and we are currently investigating.
“We would take this opportunity to remind people once again that the penalties for fly-tipping are a fine of up to £50,000 and/or up to five years in prison.
“Where we have sufficient evidence, we do not hesitate to prosecute.”
The dog walker, who did not want to be named, said he thought the area was being used by fly-tippers as it is off the beaten track.
The frustrated resident snapped the picture on Tuesday, March 15, to show the council after he witnessed piles of waste appearing over the space of two months while walking his dog along the back lanes.
He said: “It’s an absolute disgrace that people do this.
“We’re not just talking a little bit of rubbish, there’s a lot been dumped there over the last couple of months.
“It looks like trade waste, there’s kitchen sinks and boxes. There’s stuff been thrown over fences into farmers’ fields.
“Businesses are doing this rather than paying for people to take it away.
“I’ve seen bits all over the town, including tyres dumped on Dalton Back Lane.
“People shouldn’t have to be cleaning up after others or walking past this every day. It’s disgusting.”