Smile for the camera

Merton’s undercover camera has recorded nine incidents of fly-tipping in the borough since it was installed at an undisclosed location in July 2004.

Merton Council have been working closely with the Police and the Environment Agency to catch people who fly-tip in Merton. The mobile CCTV camera can be set up anywhere in the borough to gather surveillance evidence of possible fly-tippers.

So far nine offences have been investigated by the council’s enforcement team and have been dealt with as follows:
Six £50 fixed penalty notices issued
One formal Home Office caution issued
Two cases referred to legal services for prosecution.

The camera will regular move to different location in the borough.

Councillor Linda Kirby, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality, said: “The camera has helped us to identify and prosecute more fly tippers in Merton and it will act as a deterrent to potential fly-tippers. This is another positive step in our fight against environmental crime and making Merton a safe, clean and green borough.

As well as using the mobile cameras to tackle fly-tipping, the London Borough of Merton will continue to work with the police and the Environment Agency using overt methods to catch fly-tippers.

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Claire Bartlett
Senior Press & PR Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 3327