Each year we investigate a large number of reported offences with a view to taking action against the offenders.
We have a team of specialist officers who carry out investigations. They use a range of tools including:
- high profile foot patrols of problem areas
- surveillance of problem areas
- collection of statements from members of the public or partner agencies
Environmental crime has a negative effect on our communities. It costs taxpayers a significant amount of money each year to clean up.
It is vital that you report any environmental crime for investigation. Following our investigation we may issue a fixed penalty notice.
In more serious cases we may prosecute through the Magistrate's Court.
If you witness anything which you feel is an offence, as long as it is safe to do so, please make note of any relevant information. This includes:
- the day, date and time you saw the fly-tipping or crime
- how many people were involved, what they looked like, what they were actually doing
- any vehicles involved; the make, colour, and registration number
- what kind of view you had, how far away you were, the weather and light conditions
People who carelessly discard litter in a public open place are committing a criminal offence. Littering offences apply to all places that are open to the air, including private open land, and land covered by water.
Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish or bulky items. Fly-tipping can be dangerous. It can pollute land and waterways and it costs the council tax payer significant amounts of money to clear away. See fly-tipping date by parish
An abandoned vehicle is one that has been in the same place for a significant period of time. A vehicle that is in poor condition or out of tax does not necessarily mean that it is abandoned. This may also include caravans and trailers.
If your dog fouls in any public area you are required to clean up and properly dispose of it. Failing to clean up after your dog has fouled will result in a fixed penalty being issued. This is for £100 or prosecution. If found guilty, you would face a maximum fine of £1,000.
If you have concerns over people residing on land without permission you can report it.
We publish data on the fixed penalty notices served for environmental crimes. These crimes include:
- Dog fouling
- Abandoned vehicles
We have provided some information below which may be of help if you are considering submitting an FOI request:
- Fixed Penalty Notices for quarter one of 2023 to 2024
- Fixed Penalty Notices for the Financial Year 2022 to 2023
- Fixed Penalty Notices for the Financial Year 2021 to 2022
- Fixed Penalty Notices for the Financial Year 2020 to 2021
- Fixed Penalty Notices for the Financial Year 2019 to 2020
Cancelled notices are notices that have been cancelled by the authority for evidential reasons.
Notices that are not complied with and are not cancelled are progressed to prosecution.
You can access data of fly-tipping service requests dealt with over the last four financial years via the following link.
This is available for the last three financial years and quarter one of 2023-2024.
This data is available for the financial years 2013/2014 to 2019/2020.