We’re watching you… fly-tipper caught on camera gets £400 fine
A man from Wakefield, has been forced to fork out £400 after being caught on camera fly-tipping
Generic image of fly-tipping
He was filmed, by a member of the public, dumping bricks and rubble on land at East Ardsley in Leeds, and was identified by his vehicle registration number which was clearly visible on the video footage seen by Wakefield Council, who led the enforcement action.
Even though the man and his accomplice cleared up most of the rubbish he was still guilty of a fly-tipping offence and issued with a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "Fly-tipping is a serious, criminal offence that costs councils vast amounts of money to clean-up.
"Our message is clear – we do not tolerate fly-tipping. It is a blight on our communities and we will use every tool available to identify and take action against those responsible.
"We issue Fixed Penalty Notices to those caught illegally dumping items and as this incident shows you never know who's watching you.
"We have also successfully prosecuted for more serious and larger fly-tipping offences through the courts, in which offenders can face a maximum prison sentence of five years and/or an unlimited fine. We now have new powers to seize vehicles, involved in fly tipping, which can result in them being sold, or crushed if the owner is successfully prosecuted."
"There are plenty of options for people to legally and safely dispose of their waste. It's the responsibility of all residents to check they are doing so."
People can report the fly-tippers by calling 0345 8 506 506 or on the Council's website.
Residents can dispose of their waste legally by
• taking it to one of the Council's household waste recycling centres
• booking a bulky waste collection on the Council's website
• or by using a registering waste carrier – check by visiting the Environment Agency website or call 0870 8 506 506.
For more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/flytipping