Stoke-on-Trent City Council step up fight to tackle fly-tippers

Stoke-on-Trent City Council have announced they're using CCTV cameras as part of the fight against fly-tipping.

To help stop fly-tipping, high definition, rapid deploy, CCTV cameras for identification and enforcement on fly tippers will be installed throughout the city.

These pan and tilt, night vision cameras use artificial intelligence to track movement. 

Proposals for the cameras are part of the authority's capital investment programme which will be put before full council on February 27 for final approval.

The proposed five state of the art cameras will be initially deployed in areas of high demand and can be moved depending on where offences are happening, whilst being monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

The council say that these cameras are first and foremost a deterrent and another tool to enable the authority to tackle the issue by making people think twice about blighting the city with rubbish.

A council spokesperson said any person identified fly tipping may be issued an on the spot fixed penalty of £400 as an alternative to prosecution.

Vehicles involved in fly tipping can also be seized.

The city council currently uses rapid deployment cameras to help tackle anti-social behaviour issues, which has proven successful in helping combat these issues.

Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for environment said: “We hope by deploying these CCTV cameras in areas of high demand, residents will recognise that we operate a zero tolerance approach to waste offences and that we actively investigate all instances of fly-tipping.

“Prosecution is always a last resort; fly-tippers are a small minority of people however their behaviour is not acceptable, the maximum penalty for fly tipping is a fine up to £50,000 and/or a 6 months custodial sentence. 

“We continue to tackle this issue to improve communities and the environment.

"But equally we can’t do this alone, we need people who witness fly-tipping take place to come forward and tell us. 

"We want to work with communities to eradicate fly-tipping, and need communities to highlight all occurrences to us. 

"By working with us, we can catch the culprits.

“We urge anyone who sees fly-tipping to contact the city council on 01782 234234, this can be done anonymously if preferred or via the MyStoke app.”

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