Fenland Council yet to bring its first prosecution for fly tipping, committee told

NO one has ever been prosecuted by Fenland District Council for fly tipping, councillors were told.

Corporate director Richard Cassidy admitted: “It is very difficult to prove and enforce.”

Mr Cassidy told the overview and scrutiny performance panel that fly tippers have to be actually caught in the act for a successful prosecution to be brought.

“It is difficult to catch them,” he said. “The council has tried to use cameras but without successes. People have come forward in the past with evidence but evidence alone is not enough to prosecute.”

The committee discussed ways by which more could be done to educate people of the dangers of fly tipping.

Cabinet member Peter Murphy said visits to schools were undertaken to encourage children to work on projects associated not only with fly tipping but with litter, dog fouling and the benefits of recycling.

Recently Fenland Council was told how 97 per cent of fly tipping was collected within 24 hours. The council also heard the number of fly tipping hot spots across Fenland was decreasing.

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