As yet more rubbish is dumped in Hemel Hempstead flytipping hotspot, enforcers warn: ‘We’re after you, litterbugs’

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Environment enforcement officers are warning litterbugs that if they continue dumping their rubbish at a flytipping hotspot they could face a £50,000 fine and a year in prison.

The privately-owned garage block in Tattershall Drive, Woodhall Farm, was targeted twice in mid-January. First, a pile of tires was left there. Then, just a few days later, tables, mattresses, empty paint cans and a old printer were dumped at the site.

When a heap of rubbish was dumped at the same garage block last July, firebugs set it alight, and firefighters had to come and put out the blaze.

Dacorum Borough Council is responsible for clearing away flytipped rubbish and prosecuting the people who dump it. The authority says its legal team is investigating two cases of flytipping at this very moment.

Environmental health team leader Nick Egerton said: “Our enforcement team will visit and assess each report of fly tipping within the borough.

“This includes flytipping on land that is not owned by Dacorum Borough Council.

“The officers will gather any evidence to identify the source of the waste or any vehicles that are witnessed to be involved.

“Any person found to be responsible for either fly tipping or related duty of care offences will be prosecuted.”

He said the maximum penalty for flytipping is a fine of up to £50,000 and a year in prison.