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The policy of honesty. The might of right. The expediency of principle FLY-TIPPERS caught in the act may face so-called on-the-spot fines.

Those seen dumping rubbish illegally can now be given fixed penalty notices for fines ranging between PS150 and PS400.

In one sense it takes away the hassle of pursuing them through the courts so the offence can be dealt with quickly.

These new fly-tipping fines cover anything from old fridges or sofas to garden waste or rubble.

Prosecutions will remain an option for local authorities in punishing large-scale waste criminals - and this must continue.

They must never be allowed to simply walk away with relatively minor fines, especially if they have dumped industrial waste which could cost more than the fine to clean up.

And all councils must make tips easy to use with no restrictions - especially on the dumping of rubble - so the fly-tippers have no excuse to spoil the environment.

IT belies belief that children are playing next to railway lines in Marsden but it's happening.

The police have labelled it as "stupid, stupid, dangerous and stupid" - that's certainly a lot of stupids.

They are trying desperately to get the message across before we are having to report on a terrible tragedy. Parents and schools need to reinforce the safety message too.

The dangers are so obvious but, sadly, not to some children.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 10, 2016
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