Fly tipping focus could force fines

PEOPLE caught fly-tipping will be prosecuted North Lincolnshire Council has warned after figures show reports of offending on the Isle have increased.

The authority has warned it treats fly-tipping ‘very seriously’ and will not hesitate to take action against anyone who is caught dumping rubbish illegally.

Council leader Liz Redfern said: “Fly-tipping blights communities and is an eyesore.

“We need people to contact the council on 01724 297000 and be prepared to give details of what they saw for us to have any chance of catching the culprits.

“Fly-tipping is not only unsightly but poses a significant threat to people, wildlife, environment and the local economy.

“The fly-tipping of waste is a serious criminal offence which carries a fine of up to £50,000. Offenders can even be sent to prison. It is also an offence to permit fly-tipping. “

Figures released to The Epworth Bells show in 2012, there were 69 reported incidents on the Isle compared to 48 in 2011.

Over that period, North Lincolnshire Council prosecuted a number of fly-tipping offenders and issued fix penalty notices to those caught dumping rubbish illegally.

One offender was ordered to pay a £100 fine and £200 prosecution costs for fly-tipping on Sandtoft Road, Belton, in June 2011.

Another was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 costs after being caught fly-tipping on Brewery Road, Crowle, in July 2011.

The worst month for fly-tipping incidents in the two-year period was March 2012, during which time there were 17 incidents reported to the council.

In that month, incidents were reported at locations which including Eastoft Road, Crowle, Station Road, Keadby, Belshaw Lane and Belton.