A white van used to dump waste illegally around the county was seized in Chesham and has since been crushed in a bid to prevent further incidents of fly-tipping.

The Ford Transit van was used to fly-tip at St Leonards on May 6 with members of the local community witnessing the incident before taking details of the vehicle before contacting the police and council.

As part of the investigation, the vehicle was seized by Buckinghamshire Council from Windsor Road in Chesham on August 11 in a joint operation with Thames Valley Police.

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The owner of the vehicle did not come forward to claim the van and so it was crushed on September 13.

Peter Strachan, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment said: “Vehicle seizure is another tool which Buckinghamshire Council uses in the fight against fly-tipping.

"We will not tolerate illegal dumping and the destruction of this vehicle should serve as a both a lesson and warning to others.

“I would also like to thank the local residents for doing their bit to help us and the police. Together, we have been able to take one more fly-tipping vehicle off the road.”