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New flytipping task force

Published on Tuesday, 10th July 2018

Operation eyeball

Flytippers are being sent a stark warning this week – a new task force has been set up and they have their ‘eyes’ on them!

A brand new fly tipping task force named Operation Eyeball has been formed to tackle fly tipping in rural parts of North Yorkshire and Hambleton.

Bringing together North Yorkshire Police with landowners and district and unitary councils will allow the sharing of intelligence and information to tackle the crime. A key element will be planned and targeted enforcement action days. 

North Yorkshire County Council, Network Rail, the NFU and the Environment Agency, as landowners, are also involved. Along with City of York Council, all seven North Yorkshire local authorities who have enforcement powers for this crime are also involved in the operation: Selby District Council, Ryedale District Council, Richmondshire District Council, Harrogate District Council, Craven District Council, Scarborough Borough Council and Hambleton District Council.

North Yorkshire Police will be gathering and sharing intelligence around fly tipping hot spots, suspect vehicles and waste carriers.

“Fly tipping is becoming an increasing problem in Hambleton – with cross border dumping a big issue,” said District Councillor Stephen Watson, Portfolio holder for waste services.

“We hope this new joint operation will help tackle this issue and give offenders a warning that it will not be tolerated – we have the eyes of the county on them.”

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, commented: “Operation Eyeball is a wide ranging operation with a clear aim – to reduce fly tipping in North Yorkshire through an innovative approach. By bringing together organisations which are on the front line of the problem and have to deal with its consequences, we are taking an important first step to tackle it. I welcome the approach being taken by councils and would encourage anyone having to deal with fly tipping to get in touch with them.”

Supt Paula Booth, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "Flytipping is a selfish crime that blights local environments and spoils people’s enjoyment of our towns and countryside. It is a source of pollution, a potential danger to public health and a hazard to wildlife. It also undermines legitimate waste businesses which operate within the law.

“By working together, we can tackle this issue. We also need help from the public – if you find or witness fly-tipping, wherever it is, record as many details about the incident and the waste as you can, and report it to your local authority or via the website. This will help the authorities take action against those responsible and stop them flytipping in the future.”

Anyone who witnesses flytipping should report it to their local authority.