Three fly-tippers fined after being caught on CCTV cameras in Milton Keynes

    Three fixed penalty notices have been issued by the Council's Environmental Crime team after CCTV caught people fly-tipping.

    The Council has invested in CCTV cameras, which alongside dashcam footage provided by members of the public can help it take more action against people dumping waste. 

    Three have been charged after being caught out by the new cameras, with fines totalling £500.

    Figures released last week by MK Council show fly-tipping has dropped by as much as a fifth following the introduction of CCTV cameras in hotspots. In September, fly-tipping incidences were down 19% year to year. 

    Over the last year, Milton Keynes Council has issued 129 Fixed Penalty Notices for waste crimes including 53 for fly-tipping.   

    Milton Keynes magistrates have heard five fly-tipping cases with ten more awaiting prosecution.

    They’ve issued penalties adding up to £5,000 as well as ordering one offender to work for 120 hours as “community payback”.  

    Cllr Lauren Townsend, Cabinet Member for the Public Realm said, “While we recognise there will always be a minority of selfish people who feel the rules shouldn’t apply to them, we’ll be working hard to combat more fly-tipping, especially in known hotspots. 

    "We see incidences of household rubbish being dumped right up to hazardous commercial waste which can cost thousands to deal with. We sort it out as fast as we can, but the best result is for it not to be dumped in the first place.” 

    She added: “As well as investing more in CCTV, new powers are being given to local areas for community clear outs and extra litter wardens have been recruited, now with powers to issue on the spot fines.” 

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