Fly-tipping is not a victimless crime

The Lord Bishop of St Albans writes in to raise awareness of the effects of fly-tipping on the British countryside.

He notes that incidents of fly-tipping rose by 43% last year, up from the near 1 million recorded between 2015 and 2016, and emphasises that it is not a victimless crime as landowners are forced to deal with the consequences. A ‘streamlined system for waste disposal’ can deliver fewer instances of fly-tipping, he argues.

Making reference to the Lords Rural Economy Committee report, he says that ‘many residents in the countryside feel that rural crimes are little understood by those in the courts.

The government must start delivering for these communities and give clearer guidance to court sentencing on crimes such as fly-tipping, including the power to confiscate the vehicles which were used in the crime’.

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