Forensics are in use to trackdown fly-tippers

An aanalogue television set dumped by the side of the road off the Via Gellia road outside Ible.
An aanalogue television set dumped by the side of the road off the Via Gellia road outside Ible.

Calls are still coming in to the Mercury about incidents of fly-tipping in the Dales.

A gruesome looking kitchen knife was found dumped in a disused outbuilding off the Via Gellia road outside Ible last week, alongside an abandoned television set.

Dangerous: This gruesome looking kitchen knife was found dumped in a disused outbuilding off the Via Gellia road outside Ible; police have safely removed the item for inspection since this picture was taken.

Dangerous: This gruesome looking kitchen knife was found dumped in a disused outbuilding off the Via Gellia road outside Ible; police have safely removed the item for inspection since this picture was taken.

Police have safely removed the knife for inspection since our picture was taken.

Also, our campaign against the fly-tippers received a boost this week after Derbyshire County Council gave us their support.

Councillor John Allsop, cabinet member for technology and recycling, said: “Fly-tipping looks a mess, it’s illegal and it costs tax-payers’ money to clean up.

“Residents really are the key to helping us put a stop to it and catch those who continue to blot our landscape.”

The county council launched an awareness-raising campaign in February 2008 to warn tippers about the personal consequences of illegal dumping and encourage people to report fly-tipping.

Measures taken to reduce fly-tipping as part of the project include introducing forensic science techniques to gather evidence for court prosecutions and using the latest marking and tracking technology to help trace offenders.

The council has also set up CCTV cameras at hot-spots across the county to help catch fly-tippers.

Paul Slater, project manager for the Environment Agency, said: “Anyone caught fly-tipping could be fined up to £50,000 or spend 12 months in prison.

“If your rubbish is dumped illegally, it could be traced back to you and you could be fined, even if it’s been dumped by someone else.

“Always make sure you use a registered waste carrier to get rid of your rubbish. To find one near you visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/publicregister.