A brand new fly tipping task force named Operation Eyeball has been formed to tackle fly tipping in rural parts of North Yorkshire and Selby.
Bringing together North Yorkshire Police with landowners and district and unitary councils will allow the sharing of intelligence and information to tackle the crime. A key element will be planned and targeted enforcement action days.
North Yorkshire County Council, Network Rail, the NFU and the Environment Agency, as landowners, are also involved. Along with City of York Council, all seven North Yorkshire local authorities who have enforcement powers for this crime are also involved in the operation: Ryedale District Council, Richmondshire District Council, Hambleton District Council, Harrogate District Council, Craven District Council, Scarborough Borough Council and Selby District Council.
North Yorkshire Police will be gathering and sharing intelligence around fly tipping hot spots, suspect vehicles and waste carriers.
Cllr Chris Pearson, Selby District Council Executive member and lead councillor with responsibility for housing, health and culture, said, “We know in the Selby district we tend to have particular problems on the fringes of our district – in isolated rural locations such as Kirk Smeaton that are often targeted by criminals travelling from outside our district to dump this waste. Working on Operation Eyeball with these partners will help us deal with this issue.”
Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, commented: “Operation Eyeball is a wide ranging operation with a clear aim – to reduce fly tipping in North Yorkshire through an innovative approach. By bringing together organisations who are on the front line of the problem and have to deal with its consequences, we are taking an important first step to tackle it. I welcome the approach being taken by councils and would encourage anyone having to deal with fly tipping to get in touch with them.”
Supt Paula Booth, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "Fly-tipping is a selfish crime that blights local environments and spoils people’s enjoyment of our towns and countryside. It is a source of pollution, a potential danger to public health and a hazard to wildlife. It also undermines legitimate waste businesses who operate within the law.
“By working together, we can tackle this issue. We also need help from the public – if you find or witness fly-tipping, wherever it is, record as many details about the incident and the waste as you can, and report it to your local authority or via the gov.uk website. This will help the authorities take action against those responsible and stop them fly-tipping in the future.”
Anyone who witnesses fly tipping should report it here.