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Caution for fly-tipper as council highlights crime

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 29, 2014

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A FLY-TIPPER has been cautioned for dumping rubbish in a brook, at the same time an environmental team is using social media to highlight the problem.

The man has now been issued with a formal caution after admitting to a fly-tipping offence outside Repton, South Derbyshire District Council’s environmental team revealed.

The man, who cannot be named, from Skegness admitted dumping packaging and office waste near to a brook in January.

Council safer neighbourhood wardens found the waste and were able to trace the perpetrator. This follows on from another formal caution issued last month in relation to a fly-tipping offence near Sinfin.

The environmental team revealed their news on their Facebook page to highlight how they are dealing with fly-tippers.

It comes after the council revealed there had been 86 fly-tipping incidents in South Derbyshire in April and May, this year, compared to 152 in the same months in 2011.

Fly-tipping incidents in South Derbyshire have plummeted in recent years, dropping from 989 in 2008 to 2009 to 582 last year.

Matt Holford, environmental health manager at the district council, said: “The improvements are a direct result of a joint education and enforcement approach by South Derbyshire District Council.

“We spotted that after Christmas incidents had started to increase, so we went on the offensive.

Warning notices were displayed at the fly-tipping hotspots in the district and surveillance cameras have been used to catch offenders.

“We’re using social media more to highlight when problems occur and what we’re doing about them.”

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