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200 clapped-out cars towed away
Abandoned car
More than 200 cars were towed away during the amnesty
A year-long campaign to clear abandoned cars from the streets has been hailed a success.

More than 200 clapped-out vehicles were towed away for free and crushed as part of an amnesty by the Sedgefield Community Safety Partnership.

Removing dumped cars from the streets also reduces the risk of arson attacks.

The scheme was paid for by the government's Neighbourhood Renewal Funding. Owners who abandoned their cars will now face a 250 fine.

Sean Barry, Sedgefield Community Safety Partnership co-ordinator, said: "I've been very happy with the response we have received to the amnesty and would like to thank the responsible owners who have disposed of their unwanted vehicles this way.

"Not only have we been able to reduce arson-related crime in the borough, but disposing of the vehicles in the correct manner helps protect the environment."


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