Dumped cars on the move

UNSIGHTLY and unwanted abandoned vehicles in a market town could be a thing of the past thanks to a unique funding scheme by a group of county councillors.

UNSIGHTLY and unwanted abandoned vehicles in a market town could be a thing of the past thanks to a unique funding scheme by a group of county councillors.

Four Suffolk councillors have joined forces and funds to assist car owners looking to dispose of their vehicles in the Bury St Edmunds area.

In conjunction with Suffolk police, Ray Nowak, Betty Milburn, Trevor Beckwith and Stefan Oliver have provided funds that will almost halve the cost of getting rid of an unwanted vehicle.

Mr Nowak said each councillor was given a locality budget to spend on projects in their wards. He added: "It is important that all of us do what we can to take care of the environment in our localities. "We are asking car owners to act responsibly when disposing of motors - dumped cars not only look untidy they encourage other anti social activity as well as pollution."


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Suffolk police crime reduction officer Helen Lindfield said: "Sometimes vehicles are abandoned because owners do not want to or can't pay the fee required.

"We hope that by assisting people with the funding they will dispose of their vehicles in an appropriate manner and prevent unsightly cars being abandoned.

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"These litter our estates and general environment. The vehicles themselves attract crime such as criminal damage and arson.

"Sometimes they are stripped for spare parts or used by offenders to commit crime. They become an eye sore in the area, attract anti social behaviour and can raise the fear of crime."

A similar scheme has been running in Haverhill and police say this has proved extremely successful.

The grants from the councillors will fund the disposal of 30 cars on a first come, first serve basis and anyone interested in finding out more should contact Suffolk police on 01284 774100.

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