Moor gates could be locked after latest fly-tipping incident

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MORE than three tons of rubbish has been dumped on Hawick Moor. The fly-tipping, which largely involves builder’s rubble, is the latest in a long line of similar incidents in the area.

Scottish Borders Council property officer Frank Scott said: “The SB Local guys went up to lift the last lot last Tuesday and when they got there another lot had been dumped during the night.”

Mr Scott has warned that the Moor gates could now be closed, while those responsible face a fine of up to £40,000 or six months in jail.

Councillor Len Wyse (pictured), executive member for environmental services, said: “I’m disappointed to hear of this latest case of fly-tipping in Hawick, especially as it appears to be on such a large scale. I would encourage those who may have information on anyone they suspect is fly-tipping to report it to the ‘Dumb Dumpers’ stop-line on 08452 304090 or report it online at www.dumbdumpers.org.”

A recent case of fly-tipping at the former abattoir site in Burnfoot saw several dozen window panes, six televisions, mattresses, a fridge, more than 20 refuse sacks filled with household waste and other electrical goods dumped.