County-first puts all eyes on fly tippers

6 December 2012

Released on 29 November 2012

Fly tippers are being warned to watch out as Council investigators have secured court approval to set up covert cameras to investigate them.

In a county-first since the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) legislation was amended earlier this year, South Cambridgeshire District Council has successfully applied to Cambridge Magistrates' Court to be allowed to set up surveillance at a location expressly to gather evidence to convict fly tippers.

The covert operation follows hot on the heels of two recent fly tipping prosecutions of a man from Willingham who pleaded guilty to dumping waste illegally and a woman from Histon who pleaded guilty to failing in her duty of care to dispose of waste lawfully. Both were fined £315.

Cllr Sue Ellington, South Cambridgeshire District Council's cabinet member for environmental services, said: "Covert surveillance is not something to be taken lightly, and our experienced investigators have demonstrated to the court that this operation is necessary and will be run to strict guidelines.

"We're serious about clamping down on fly tipping and have a very good record for taking action. Fly tipping blights our countryside and wastes money that could be better spent elsewhere. If you're dumping waste in South Cambridgeshire, we will catch and prosecute you."

If you see someone in the act of fly tipping please contact the Police on 999. To report waste that has been fly tipped, please contact Chris Bradley at South Cambridgeshire District Council on 03450 450 063, or email

Last Updated: 29 November 2012  10:00