Police officers from our Community Hub teamed up with our Environmental Enforcement officers last week to tackle fly-tipping in the district as part of Rural Crime Week.
The initiative was a country-wide drive to highlight the level of rural crime which can have a detrimental effect on individuals, businesses and communities in the countryside.
Essex Police has a dedicated team – The Essex Police Rural Engagement Team (RET) – working with partner agencies and residents to tackle all crime in rural areas including specific issues like unauthorised traveller encampments, hare coursing, night-hawking and fly-tipping.
“Epping Forest District is over 90% Green Belt and many residents live in our rural areas,” said Cllr Nigel Bedford, Cabinet Member for Community and Partnerships.
“Rural crime tends to go unreported but it can have a major impact on insurance premiums, food prices and local communities.
“As part of Rural Crime Week we mounted a partnership exercise to address fly-tipping which is an expensive problem for ourselves as a council and for local landowners.”
Fly-tipping cost £65,000 to clear from the highway last year in Epping Forest. Three people were prosecuted in the courts and 21 people received a fixed penalty for waste offences.
Help from the public is needed to stop fly-tippers defacing the district. Incidents can be reported by telephoning 01992 564000, or online at https://www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/crime-and-safety/report-fly-tipping/
We need to know the date, time and place, type and size of the fly-tip, description of the person involved and registration and description of the vehicle responsible.
Dashcam footage is extremely valuable but we would urge residents not to approach fly tippers directly and not to touch the waste or open containers as they may contain hazardous material.
Call Essex Police if the offenders are still on site. After the event you can report the fly-tipping to us and we will investigate to find out who is responsible and will have no hesitation in prosecuting.