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Fly-tippers caught following partnership investigation

Two £400 fixed penalty notices have been issued

Published 11 February 2022
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Two Wiltshire residents have been issued with fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping.

The first, a Longhedge resident, was issued with a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) and ordered to clear up the waste, which was dumped on MOD land near Shrewton.

The incident was jointly investigated by the MOD Police and Wiltshire Council's Environmental Enforcement Team.

Cllr Dr Mark McClelland, Cabinet Member for Transport and Waste, said: "I would like to thank the MOD police for assisting with this investigation. Fly-tipping is not a victimless crime, it blights our environment and costs us and the MOD tens of thousands to clear each year, which could be better spent.

"I would urge anyone with any information about fly-tipping in Wiltshire to report it to us with as much information as possible, and any successful prosecution or payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice will earn a voucher of up to £200 for the person who reported it, as part of our We're Targeting Fly-tippers (WTF) campaign."

The MOD Police and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) said: "We are very pleased with the result of this joint investigation. Not only is fly-tipping a danger to military training, it also negatively impacts the public and wildlife. We will continue to work closely with Wiltshire Council and other relevant agencies to eliminate all forms of anti-social behaviour from Salisbury Plain Training Area, including fly tipping."

Wiltshire Council has also issued a £400 fine to a former Amesbury resident who fly-tipped his household waste on Stockport Road, Amesbury earlier this year. The man apologised for his actions when interviewed under caution by Environmental Enforcement Officers.

Wendy Brown, Amesbury Town Council Clerk, said: "Fly-tipping is an increasing problem and the cost of clearing it from town council-owned land is ultimately covered by residents through the precept. Amesbury Town Council is particularly grateful to Wiltshire Council on this occasion for discovering the identity of the perpetrator and hopes that this serves as a deterrent to anyone who believes that these actions go unnoticed."

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