Police increase patrols in Selby after spike in 'selfish' fly-tippers

Around 2,000 tyres have been dumped in 35 separate incidents in a North Yorkshire district in the last 12 months alone, it has been revealed, sparking an increased police presence.

A large number of tyres were dumped at the Brockadale Nature Reserve car park in Little Smeaton back in February 2020.

The recent increase in the Selby district has led to police and council officers joining forces to tackle what they have called "selfish" fly-tippers.

PCSO Caroline Saville, of North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce, said: “Fly-tipping is a source of pollution, a potential danger to public health and a hazard to wildlife. It also undermines legitimate waste businesses who operate within the law.

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“We are increasing patrols to target known hot-spots, and working closely with landowners and our colleagues at Selby District Council, to tackle this issue. Offenders should know that this crime will not be tolerated.”

Councillor Chris Pearson from Selby District Council, said those responsible have shown a "blatant disregard" for the community and environment.

He said: "No one wants to see rubbish dumped – it is a potential danger to both public health and wildlife. Clearing up fly-tipping costs both private landowners and councils a lot of money each year.

“We’ve seen lots of instances of tyres being dumped in our district recently and we’re committed to working closely with the police and landowners to tackle the issue.

"We need members of the public to help too – if you find or witness fly-tipping, wherever it is, record as many details as you can without disturbing any potential evidence and report it to us. This helps us take action against those responsible and stop them fly-tipping in the future."