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Revealed: How thousands of fly-tippers in Merseyside are getting away with it

Someone illegally dumps rubbish every 18 minutes in Merseyside – but many of those blighting our communities are not being prosecuted.

Exclusive figures show there were 28,907 separate incidents of illegal fly-tipping across our region in 2015/16.

That works out at around a case of illegal tipping every 18 minutes across Merseyside.

But separate figures from our dedicated Data Unit shows the region’s councils failed to take any punitive action in the majority of fly-tipping cases.

In fact, five of the region’s councils only took any form of action 13,332 times.

Assuming one per every case of rubbish dumping, that means more than half of fly-tippers could be getting away with it completely.

Councils in Merseyside spent a total of £147,840 on sending out warning letters about the practice in a bid to bring down the levels of dumping taking place.

But they all failed to prosecute a single person in the entire year.

The vast majority of this figure came from St. Helens Council.

Fly tipping in Merseyside

28907

Fly-tipping incidents

13332

Enforcement actions

0

Prosecutions

And their record for issuing fixed penalty notices – which don’t give you a criminal conviction – was only marginally better, with just 35 cases paid up.

The maximum penalty for illegal dumping is £400.

This was virtually nothing compared to the £1.7m the region’s councils spent clearing away the mess people had left on fields, roads and other land.

Across the country there were more than 900,000 cases of fly-tipping, yet councils only successfully made 2,091 successful prosecutions and issued 35,888 fixed penalty notices.

This suggests that the vast majority of fly-tippers got away with dumping rubbish.

There is evidence that Liverpool City Council has recently been cracking down on illegal dumping, however,

In February, ‘man and van’ team George Parry and David Smith were jailed for dumping toxic asbestos near a dance school after the council caught them in the act using surveillance tactics.

Last month, the council sent out a warning to fly-tippers after a joint operation with Merseyside Police saw another vehicle seized in Fairfield as part of a city-wide crackdown.

City Mayor Joe Anderson has vowed to get tough on tipping in recent months and is setting up a dedicated hotline to allow residents to notify the council of people who are regularly blighting the city with illegal dumping.

FLY-TIPPING IN MERSEYSIDE, 2015/16

All fly-tipping incidents – 28907

Total Enforcement Actions – 13332

Warning Letter Actions – 4480

Warning Letter costs – £147,840

Paid Fixed Penalty Notices – 35

Prosecution Actions – 0

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