Police join other agencies to target flytippers

Flytipping: bad for the soul... and our countryside (pic Julie Davies)

We all hate flytipping, so it comes as some relief to learn that Essex Police are on the case.
Their rural engagement team have been working with the Environment Agency and local authorities to tackle an increasingly evident scourge.
Operations can entail days of action with a local authority that include mobile police patrols and a multi-agency checkpoint.
Any waste-carrying vehicle will be stopped to ensure the correct documentation is held – this includes motoring documents as well as waste-carrier licences and waste-transfer notices.
In April, such operations were held in Basildon and Heybridge and on the Dengie peninsula. A total of 136 vehicles was stopped, with six people prosecuted for minor traffic offences.
The value of such action days is that they can cover a wide range of potential criminal activity. For example, during these operations in April one man stopped by police was wanted for questioning about a domestic assault – he was also behind the wheel without a driving licence and so his vehicle was seized.
The local authority prosecuted six other individuals for waste offences and issued warnings to 10 others for minor offences.

  • You can email the Essex Police rural engagement team at rural.engagement.team@essex.police.uk
  • Report non-emergency crime by calling 101 or using the online service Digital 101 at www.essex.police.uk
  • For emergencies, call 999