A Huddersfield-based bed firm caught fly-tipping has had its Mercedes van seized and crushed.

Kirklees Council has warned that fly-tipping will not be tolerated and the council said the message was clear: “Fly-tip in Kirklees, and we will crush your vehicle.”

The van was seized as part of the prosecution of Mohammed Eesaa Zaman, a director of Huddersfield-based Bedworld Ltd.

Zaman, and an employee of the company, both admitted fly-tipping when they appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court in Huddersfield.

That led to a destruction order being granted and the subsequent crushing of the van, which was valued at £8,000.

The council has published a video of the van being crushed to send out a warning.

The court case heard how Zaman was seen supervising the loading of the waste into the Mercedes at a property in Walker Street, Earlsheaton, Dewsbury.

He was then seen supervising the off-loading of it when it was fly-tipped in Dewsbury later the same day.

Kirklees Council’s Parks Department cleared and disposed of the fly-tipped waste, consisting of household furniture, white goods, builders’ waste and other household waste using an excavator, council vehicles and trailers at a cost of £2,585.

Clr Naheed Mather, Cabinet member for the environment, said: “This is possibly the clearest message we can send to fly-tippers who think they can use Kirklees as their personal dumping ground and who believe they are above the law.

“We will not tolerate this criminal and anti-social behaviour and most Kirklees residents will not either.

“The successful outcome of this court case was aided by photographic evidence provided by residents who also gave witness statements about the guilty parties.

“On behalf of the council and the other residents of Kirklees, I would like to thank them for their support. It just goes to show that together we can keep Kirklees cleaner and greener.”

As well as the loss of the van, Zaman was fined a total of £4,753, which included the clean-up costs. The employee who drove the van was fined £300 for his part.

Anyone spotting fly-tipping or wanting to report an incident to the council can do on its website at www.kirklees.gov.uk/flytipping