FLY-TIPPERS are continuing to dump rubbish across the Dales.
And the Mercury is continuing its fight against them by printing these pictures in an attempt to identify the culprits, blighting our countryside.
We have discovered widespread dumping across the area – including tourist hotspots and some of the Dales most cherished locations.
Photographer Paul Robinson, who has been out and about capturing evidence of the fly-tipping, found various items of household rubbish and animal parts dumped at the recycling centre on the outskirts of Crich.
He saw fencing materials, traffic cones and building aggregate which had been fly-tipped at Cavendish Fields in Matlock.
Rubbish including old tyres and clothes strewn on the A615 between Tansley and Wessington, were found near to the turn ing for Lickpenny Caravan Park.
And he spotted an old carpet, plastic storage boxes and broken storage heater, dumped in Lea and Cressbrook.
Last September we launched our campaign as new statistics revealed that in the last three years there had been over 700 cases in the district – yet no one had been prosecuted.
The rural nature of the area also meant that only 15 warning letters had been sent out during this time, proving that catching the criminals is extremely difficult.
Last year the Environment Agency declared a crackdown on anti-social rogues who were blighting the Peak District’s beauty spots with their trash.
Tactics included sending out warning letters to farmers and landowners urging them to help identify garbage hot spots and using CCTV, sign posts and forensic testing.
A Derbyshire Dales District Council spokesman said the rural nature of the Dales meant it was difficult to target regular hot spots and the council could only prosecute when evidence was strong enough, which relied on reliable eye witness reports or mobile CCTV.
Twenty-eight investigations are currently on-going and one offender was prosecuted last year.
He added: “We rely on eye witness reports and would urge anyone who has information to contact us.”
To contact the council call 01629 762112 or email email@example.com