Money recovered from criminals in Hertfordshire is to be used to help private landowners and farmers clear up flytipping.
A pilot project by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, will use £20,000 worth of cash generated by the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to help victims of fly-tipping in two local authority areas across the county.
The project will sit alongside the ongoing enforcement activity, which has seen 36 prosecutions already take place since April 2017.
David Lloyd said:
“This pilot allows funds from the proceeds of crime to be used for positive effect to remove fly-tipping, target known hot-spots and advise landowners and farmers on improved security.
“As part of my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan I pledged to investigate the potential of using money recovered from criminals to be put to good use in this way, and I’m pleased to see it being trialled in these two areas.
“Fly-tipping is a serious crime and it has a significant impact on our community. It blights the countryside and causes substantial costs for farmers and landowners to clear the waste and poses a danger to livestock and wildlife.
“Our relentless drive to support bringing offenders to justice by funding enforcement measures, making improvements to security and educating the public on responsible waste disposal, saw a 16 per cent drop in fly-tipping across Hertfordshire and resulted in a number of prosecutions.”
The initiative, which is being piloted in Broxbourne Borough and Three Rivers District, is expected to run until the end of the year.
Duncan Jones, Partnership Development Manager and Chairman of the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group, said: “This latest initiative is another good example of how the relevant Hertfordshire agencies such as local authorities and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner are working together to deliver new initiatives to tackle fly tipping.”