Google Maps spots fly-tipping on Brit street so bad you can see it from space

Google Maps satellites have picked up on fly-tipping in one British street – meaning the amount of rubbish is so bad you can actually see it from space.

Four mammoth-sized piles of rubbish can be seen on the satellite view in the back street which connects Lower Thrift Street and Upper Thrift Street in Northampton.

Pictures posted on Twitter by the resident, called Mickey, show the extent of the problem, NorthantsLive reports.

Boxes full of plastic and paper, old furniture and two sofas have been left on the street, which is a stone's throw away from Northampton General Hospital.

Old cables, wooden crates and plant pots are among the rubbish which has piled up on the road.

The fly-tipping has led one resident to ask if it is the worst road in Northamptonshire for fly-tipping.

In response to Mickey's tweet, Northampton Borough Council said they had reported the issue to their fly-tipping team.

They said: "Thank you for your tweet. I have reported this to our fly-tipping team to clear this mountain of rubbish.

"If you have any information on who is doing this please private message us with all details".

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Fly-tippers can face hefty punishment if caught dumping rubbish.

If convicted in a Magistrates’ Court, offenders can face a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment.

In more severe cases, which are dealt with at a Crown Court, the offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to five years imprisonment.

There are also a number of other possible penalties, including fixed penalty notices and having a vehicle seized.

It comes after an incident where a man was accused of "fly-tipping" rubbish bags that wouldn't fit inside a wheelie bin in Strawberry Hill, Salford.

Harry Knott, who lives in a student house in Strawberry Hill, Salford, with his girlfriend, claimed the bloke in the footage is a bin man and complained to the council.

The recording shows a man in a high-vis top removing rubbish bags from some overflowing household waste wheelie bins and throwing them onto the street, Manchester Evening News reports.

Harry, aged 20, said the rubbish bags, which belonged to another property, were "chucked" outside a bedroom window, causing the bags to break open.

Councillor David Lancaster, the lead member for environment and community safety in Salford, said no collections have been missed at Strawberry Hill and blamed residents for not recycling properly, causing bins to become full.

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