Vehicle seized in connection with suspected fly-tipping offence

In partnership with the police we have seized a vehicle in connection with a suspected fly-tipping offence in Hemel Hempstead.

Local PCSOs Rowen Sheppard and Bardhyl Agallili were conducting patrols of country lanes in the area on Sunday March 5 as part of operation Disposal, which was launched following a number of reported fly-tipping incidents in recent weeks.

As they entered Ledgemore Lane they came across a vehicle containing builders’ rubble.

It was then discovered that there was also a large amount of rubble in the single-track road.

Two men ran off from the vehicle and a search was carried out, with assistance from the dog unit, but the men have so far not been traced.

Anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity or vehicles in the area during the late afternoon or early evening is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

David Austin, Assistant Director (Neighbourhood Delivery) at Dacorum Borough Council, said, “As part of the Herts Fly-tipping Group all local councils in Hertfordshire are working closely with the police to deal with serious and persistent fly-tippers. We have detained the vehicle involved under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, section 34B, which allows us to seize vehicles involved in environmental crime.

"We are continuing to work with the police to investigate this incident and we will be looking to prosecute offenders and make use of new legislation to seize vehicles and fine those involved in fly-tipping.”

Neighbourhood Inspector George Holland said: “Fly-tipping will not be tolerated in Dacorum and we will continue to work with our partners at the borough council to deal robustly with anyone caught committing these offences. Dumping rubbish on single track lanes not only causes inconvenience to road users, it is also extremely dangerous.

“Anyone who comes across rubbish which has been fly-tipped should report it to Dacorum Borough Council. If you witness fly-tipping in progress, contact police straight away on 999, making a note of any vehicle registration numbers and descriptions of any people involved.

You can find out more about vehicle seizure notices and reporting fly-tipping on our website.