Fly tippers will be caught on camera

Fly tipping in Wyre Street, Fleetwood.
Fly tipping in Wyre Street, Fleetwood.
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Mobile cameras are being drafted in to tackle fly tipping and catch those responsible for blighting their community.

Wyre Council has purchased two covert cameras to place in spots they believe to be a problem area for the inconsiderate beaviour.

The cameras can be hidden out of view and used to capture the number plates of vehicles to report the culprits to the authorities.

Coun Pete Murphy, Street Scene portfolio holder for Wyre Council, secured £1,000 from Lancashire County Council to purchase the devices.

He said: “When they were closing the Household Waste Recycling Centres the county council said if we were bothered about fly tipping they would help to fund some covert cameras.

“If we had a problem outside the Jameson Road site in Fleetwood we would be able to stop the fly tipping, get a car’s registration and catch them doing it.

“We’ve had a few problems with fly tipping in Fleetwood and if we have got a continuous problem we can put the camera up.”

Two men were prosecuted by the authority in January when they were caught dumping rubbish in an alleyway on Wyre Street, Fleetwood.

The men unloaded 20 bags of rubbish out of a van and on to the street, but were seen by a council employee who followed them.

The council has since vowed to work with the opposition Labour Group to tackle fly tipping and Coun Murphy says the cameras can only reduce the problem.

He added: “We’ve had some success catching fly tippers through our staff and other people’s observation, but the cameras will be there when others are not around.

“This has come from a fear we had when we were closing the household waste centres and haven’t had any additional increase in fly tipping.

“If people in rural areas request more green bins because they are not going to recycling centres anymore then we will work with them.”

Pete Ryan, chairman of Thornton Action Group, added: “We are very open to the cameras providing they are located correctly.

“It all depends on how they are linked to the prosecution of finding people guilty and to do something to name and shame them.

“It doesn’t cost anything for me to call the council and get them to take any rubbish I have away.”

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