Environmental Crime

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.


Our investigations

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 an negative effect on our communities. It costs tax payers 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 prosecure though 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 flytipping 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

Littering

People who carelessly discard litter in a public open place are committing a criminal offence. Littering offences applies to all places that are open to the air, including  private open land, and land covered by water.


Graffiti

Graffit is any type of drawing or writing that is painted or cared on walls or other surfaces. If graffiti is left untouched it can encourage more graffiti, rubbish dupmpting and anti-social behavour.


Fly tipping

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


Abandoned vehicles

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.


Dog fouling

If you 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 where, if found guilty, you would face a maximum fine of £1000.


Fixed Penalty Notice Statistics

We publish date on the fixed penalty notices served for environment crimes. These crimes include:

  • Dog fouling
  • Fly tipping
  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Grafitti

We have provided some information below which may be of help if you are considering submitting an FOI request:

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.

Fly Tipping data by Parish

You can access data of fly tipping service requests dealt with over the last four financial years via the following link.

View the number of private land fly tipping service requests by parish.  This is available for the last three financial years and quarter one to quarter three of 2020-2021.

View the number of public land fly tipping service requests by parish. This data is available for the financial years 2013/2014 to 2019/2020.

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