A fly-tipper has been fined for illegally dumping a sofa in Faraday Square, Bedford. The person responsible was identified by the Council's Environmental Crime Team from a CCTV camera deployed to the area and despite the fly-tipping happening at night were still able to identify the offender and issue them a Fixed Penalty Notice of £400.
Councillor Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: "I would like to thank our Environmental Crime Team who have been invaluable in helping us crack down on fly-tipping here in Bedford Borough.
“Fly-tipping is a criminal offence, and are seeking to clamp down and enforce any case we possibly can, either through the issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice or through a prosecution. Fly-tipping can ruin our countryside and our communities, we will continue to raise awareness that it is criminal and unacceptable.
“If you witness an incident of fly-tipping, please report it as soon as you can to give our officers the best chance of catching the perpetrators. This is just one of over 100 Fixed Penalty Notices issued this year to people caught fly-tipping with our enforcement teams working tirelessly to find and prosecute people who are carrying out unlawful activities.”
Cllr Royden added, “If you have extra waste take it to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Barkers Lane or arrange for a licensed waste carrier to collect it don’t leave it on the street.”
If you see fly-tipping on the street or actually someone fly-tipping “Report It” to https://www.bedford.gov.uk/fly-tipping.