Pledge to take action against litter bugs who 'blight' South Tyneside with fly-tipping crimes

The public is being urged to do its part in clamping down on those who “blight” South Tyneside’s beauty by dropping litter.

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 8:31 am
Updated Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 12:48 pm
Rubbish was dumped near to the River Don in Jarrow.

The call comes following an incident of fly-tipping near to the River Don in Jarrow, which was cleared at the back end of last week.

Members of the public took to a local Facebook group, Jarrow Memories, to report that materials had been dumped, with Councillor Geraldine Kilgour – for Fellgate & Hedworth ward – later confirming that the rubbish had been cleared away.

South Tyneside Council has condemned the fly-tipping – and reminded those responsible for such crimes that they will be prosecuted if caught.

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South Tyneside Council has pledged action against those who dump litter.

Councillor Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety at South Tyneside Council, said in a statement: “We are committed to taking action against the tiny minority of people who blight the beauty of our borough in this way and will prosecute those responsible.

“Not only is fly-tipping illegal, it can also be hazardous to the public and wildlife. It can also be costly to clear with those costs having to be borne by council tax payers.

“Although we have significantly reduced instances of fly-tipping over the last 10 years, we rely on the public’s help to find those responsible for these crimes.”

Coun Atkinson also urged anyone with any information regarding instances of fly-tipping to contact the local authority, with all calls treated “in the strictest confidence”.

You can call the customer contact centre on 0191 427 7000, or email [email protected] or report online here.