Fly-tipping is on the rise across England, with taxpayers footing a multimillion-pound bill to clear up illegally dumped waste, figures show.

Incidents of rubbish dumped illegally and the costs of dealing with it have risen for the second year running, responses from more than 200 local authorities to a Freedom of Information request from the Press Association suggest.

The number of fly-tipping incidents rose slightly in 2014/2015 to 529,462 cases across 201 councils who gave information for the past three financial years, up from 527,777 the previous year – and with both years significantly higher than in 2012/2013.

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