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M1 underpass blocked by rotting mound of rubbish left by travellers

Shocking photographs show how the litter has completely blocked the underpass at junction 12 near Flitwick, Beds.

 A huge pile of rubbish completely blocked an underpass near junction 12 on the M1

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A huge pile of rubbish completely blocked an underpass near junction 12 on the M1

And at 2pm, motorists driving vans were seen towing caravans from the site and police said no arrests had been made.

It is unclear whether the group will be investigated after the mess was left by the roadside.

It comes after taxpayers spent a staggering £57million in 2017 to clean fly-tipping sites around the country.

Bedfordshire Council is now expected to be left with a huge bill as they begin the mammoth task of cleaning the area.

 Travellers who were staying there were evicted today and the council faces a huge bill to clear the area

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Travellers who were staying there were evicted today and the council faces a huge bill to clear the area
 Highways England today said that the group were "served notice" last week

Tony Margiocchi / Barcroft Media

Highways England today said that the group were "served notice" last week

“They are now in the process of moving away from this site.

“Highways England has now been able to get staff on site and have requested for our contractors to attend urgently to assess the situation, provide an estimate for when it can be cleared by and the cost of this.

 They were evicted on Monday afternoon and police said no arrests were made

Tony Margiocchi / Barcroft Media

They were evicted on Monday afternoon and police said no arrests were made
 The travellers could be seen driving away at around 2pm today

Tony Margiocchi / Barcroft Media

The travellers could be seen driving away at around 2pm today

“We already collect vast amounts of litter from motorways and major trunk roads every year, but we’d much rather be spending our time carrying out other essential maintenance work.

“Fly-tipping causes a hazard to drivers, our workers, the community and wildlife, and we will look to recover costs of this where possible.”

Councils are hoping to crack down on fly-tipping and have said that those that do could be prosecuted.

Penalties for fly-tipping were increased after the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

It is now a criminal offence and those who are found guilty face a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months’ imprisonment.

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