An article in the Peterborough Telegraph about fly tipping highlighted a significant concern for many in Peterborough – which is echoed in towns and villages across the county by other residents.
The article says:
Conservative Darryl Preston said he wants to see officers work closely with local authorities in dealing with the scourge of dumped waste which is a common complaint in Peterborough.
The city council has made numerous attempts to try and ease the problem – including the use of covert cameras – and brought in tougher fines of £400, but fly-tipping remains one of the biggest issues in Peterborough.
Mr Preston, who is seeking to become the third Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner in May, told the Peterborough Telegraph: “The primary response is from the local authority, but I do think there is a role for the police in this and that is one I will be looking into and how I can work with the local authority, because at the end of the day it’s the residents in Peterborough which are suffering from this.
“It’s a significant concern and we should be looking to work together to tackle this.
“If it’s a crime in action I would expect the police to respond. Having said that I would expect the local authority to deal with prosecution.”
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence which can lead to a sentence of five years in prison, although it is councils which investigate and prosecute.
You can read the whole article on the Peterborough Telegraph's website.
Darryl Preston is the Conservative candidate in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner election in May 2021. There's more about Darryl on the About Darryl Preston page.