Published: Wednesday, 29th May 2019

Medway Council has teamed up with Kent Police to target fly-tipping.

Operation Assist is an ongoing operation which is designed to disrupt and prosecute people involved in fly-tipping.

On Friday, 17 May, 17 vehicles were stopped across Medway. Two vehicles were seized as they were linked to fly-tipping, two fixed penalty notices were issued for smoking in a smokefree vehicle and one driver was reported for summons for being an unlicensed waste carrier.

Distressing for residents 

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Enforcement, said: “We are committed to tackling fly-tipping in Medway and we thoroughly investigate all incidents. We understand that fly-tipping can be incredibly distressing for residents and businesses who love where they live. I would like to thank residents for continuing to report fly-tipping to us so we can arrange to get the waste cleared as quickly as we can and prosecute offenders.”

Fly-tipping is unacceptable 

Inspector Dave Smith, from Kent Police’s Rural Task Force, said: “Fly-tipping is an unacceptable crime for people living and working in our rural communities and we regularly participate in days of action, alongside our partners, to proactively target named suspects.

“The results from the weekend’s activity caused significant disruption to two people who had been identified as offenders and highlights the benefits of close partnership working.

“We will continue to work alongside our partners for similar operations in the future.”

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