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Council seizes vehicle used for fly-tipping

  • 19 November 2020
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Council seizes vehicle used for fly-tipping

Community Protection Officers have seized a vehicle involved in fly-tipping offences in Birchills, Walsall.  Council officers have robust evidence that proves that the vehicle was used to dump significant amount household waste in the area. The van was seized as part of an ongoing Walsall Council investigation supported by evidence from the council’s CCTV footage and its Clean and Green service. 

Flytipping is a criminal offence and Walsall Council will take robust action to stop it. Clearing up fly-tipped rubbish costs the council in the region of half a million pounds a year, money that could be better invested in important services for the borough.

Councillor Garry Perry, Deputy Leader, Resilient Communities said: “Well done to our enforcement officers for seizing this vehicle. Fly-tipping is a blight on the communities of Walsall and we take it very seriously indeed. We will use all of the tools available to us to deal with it – so, for the selfish few who seem to think it is acceptable to trash our borough and waste valuable resources – watch out!”

“We have the power to seize your vehicle and stop you in your tracks and here is the proof.”

Notes to editors

  • Fly-tipping in Walsall costs the borough approximately £500,000 a year in clear up costs.
  • Walsall Council, where necessary, will use all the powers at its disposal to tackle Fly-tipping and Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) - including the seizing of vehicles
  • In line with social distancing requirements, Walsall Council with support from its legal services and ICT investment has recently introduced virtual video link interviews with suspected Fly-tipping and ASB offenders.
  • Walsall Council recently fined a car-litterer a Fixed Penalty Notice of £400 for dumping waste.
  • If you have information that relates to fly-tipping and which may help us secure criminal evidence please report it in confidence by calling 01922 653355, reporting online https://go.walsall.gov.uk/report or by emailing
    flytipping@walsall.gov.uk
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