Councils cctv camera footage used to identify a member of the public fly tipping
An unnamed individual has been caught fly-tipping household waste close to a popular park near Caerleon Road in Dinas Powys our enforcement services can confirm.
Intelligence was received with dates and times of when the fly-tipping occurred, following this, the CCTV footage was reviewed and captured the incident and the waste crime unit were able to identify the individual who was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £300.
A FPN is a conditional offer by which a suspect may discharge any criminal liability, for an offence, by paying a fixed amount within fourteen days. If the suspect refuses to accept an FPN or if payment is not made within the fourteen days, the conditional offer is withdrawn, and the suspect is prosecuted.
The incident took place on the 23rd of September and was captured by a deployable camera which the Community Safety Team use within our parks and open spaces.
Enforcement services manager, Craig Handley said: “Without the superb CCTV footage and how quickly we were able to view it, we would not have been able to even identify a suspect let alone issue them with a Fixed Penalty Notice.
“The introduction of the new CCTV network and the creation of an operational working group, of which the Enforcement Service is a member, is a huge game-changer for us and especially when one considers what it replaces.”
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has a zero tolerance toward fly-tipping and is, so far, the only Welsh local authority to have signed up to the #SCRAPflytipping campaign, an initiative run by colleagues in Hertfordshire, and which has been adopted by local authorities throughout England and which takes a multi-agency approach towards tackling fly-tipping.
Cllr Mark Wilson, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood and Building Services said: “Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence, and we are making every effort to clamp down on offenders.
“We have very sophisticated technology throughout the Vale that can capture those responsible and enables our services to issue heavy fines where possible.
“Fly tipping can have a detrimental impact on the environment, and we will do everything in our powers to prevent and prosecute those that commit this crime.
“Fly-tipping has a detrimental effect on our local communities and if not dealt with effectively can lead to further similar incidence. I am pleased that our officers have been able to identify the person responsible in this case with the new recording equipment available.
“We will continue our efforts to ensure that the Vale remains a safe and clean place for all to enjoy.”
Incidents of fly-tipping can be reported on the Council’s website, where information on how to responsibly dispose of waste can also be found.