An eagle-eyed Middlesbrough Council warden has taken dangerous illegal vapes and tobacco off the streets after finding them in an abandoned car.
The officer spotted the run-down grey Vauxhall Corsa on Harford Street off Parliament Road on the morning of Tuesday, January 9.
He was going to serve a seven-day removal notice, but when he tried the passenger door he found it unlocked, with bags and boxes of apparently illegal vapes and cigarettes on the back seat and in the boot.
The haul and condition of the vehicle meant it could then be removed immediately under the Road Traffic Regulation Act.
The car was taken away the same morning, with inquiries ongoing to establish ownership.
Councillor Janet Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive member for Community Safety, said: “This is yet another fantastic piece of work by our Environmental Neighbourhood Safety Wardens.
“Vehicles abandoned like this can blight communities and act as magnets for crime and antisocial behaviour.
“Our officer was also able to seize a significant quantity of illegal and dangerous vapes and cigarettes and the public will be protected from damage they would otherwise have caused.”