17,000 incidents of fly-tipping in Wolverhampton but ONLY 30 people are fined

Thirty fines have been given to fly-tippers in eight months - but the vast majority offenders are still getting away with it, new figures have shown.

Fly tipping
Fly tipping

Wolverhampton council dished out the £400 fixed penalty fines since April after new laws were introduced by the Government in May last year.

However, the council has only prosecuted 16 people for fly-tipping since 2015.

It compares to 16,950 reports of fly-tipping received by the council over the same period of time.

A council spokesman said the lack of prosecutions was down to difficulties collecting evidence.

But he warned fly-tippers that the council was stepping up its work. Last month officers visited businesses at a fly-tipping hotspot in Dudley Road in Blakenhall.

Firms were told to stop placing waste illegally on the pavement, or face being fined.

A spokesman said: “Fly-tipping is a lazy and selfish crime which costs law-abiding taxpayers a lot of money to clear up.

"In the last two and a half years, we have issued 19,270 Fixed Penalty Notices for littering, and prosecuted 2,766 individuals. In the same period, we have taken 16 people to court over fly-tipping, and have also taken advantage of new government legislation introduced recently to issue over 30 £400 Fixed Penalty Notices to fly-tippers since April of this year.

"Though securing prosecutions for fly-tipping is not straightforward, because very often there is no physical evidence of the culprit among the rubbish which is dumped, or perpetrators use untraceable vehicles, we do work proactively to tackle the problem – and where we can secure enough evidence, we will either issue Fixed Penalty Notices to or prosecute the perpetrator."

He added: "The message to anyone thinking of fly-tipping in Wolverhampton is that you run the very real risk of being prosecuted, fined and publicly named and shamed."

Anyone wanting to report fly-tipping should contact the council on its ‘Wolverhampton REPORT IT’ App, which is available on mobile devices, or by calling 01902 551155.”

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