Hundreds reported in flytipping crackdown

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A CAMPAIGN to stop flytipping has sparked a positive reaction from the public.

As part of Durham County Council’s Operation Stop It, officers responded to 462 reports of waste being illegally dumped last month and 18 CCTV cameras were set up at flytipping hotspots.

Operation Stop It is the biggest crackdown on the illegal dumping of waste ever in the county and it sees the council work with Durham Constabulary, The Environment Agency and Crimestoppers.

Ian Hoult, neighbourhood protection manager at Durham County Council, said: “While prosecution is always a last resort, we take all enviro-crimes extremely seriously and will not allow the minority to spoil the environment for visitors and all those who do respect where they live and work.

“The message is clear – we will not tolerate enviro-crimes like flytipping in our county and anyone found to be committing these offences will face action.”

Following investigations, seven duty of care letters were sent to people reminding them of their responsibility to dispose of waste properly, two flytipping cases were progressed for prosecution, one warrant was issued for arrest and one case was awaiting a court date.

Meanwhile, the council’s neighbourhood protection team have also been on patrol combatting crimes against the environment.

Last month, they issued 34 fixed penalty notices of which 30 were for littering, three for flytipping and one for dog fouling.

The team also handed out 47 community protection warnings and 14 community protection notices to properties with untidy gardens and yards, which give recipients 28 days to address the problem or face further action.

Residents are advised to take their waste to the nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre or arrange a bulky waste collection from the Council by calling 03000 26100.

Enviro-crimes can be reported at www.durham.gov.uk or by calling the above number.