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Police stop 67 vehicles in rural crime action day on A120 at Standon in crackdown on fly-tipping

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Police stopped 67 motorists on the A120 at Standon during a rural crime action day which had a focus on fly-tipping.

The operation last Thursday (Sept 23) involved officers from the East Herts Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team and Rural Operational Support Team (ROST) plus representatives of East Herts Council and the Environment Agency.

Drivers were stopped to ensure they had the correct licences for carrying waste and that their vehicle were in a roadworthy condition.

The operation involved police, council and Environment Agency officers
The operation involved police, council and Environment Agency officers

Of the 67 stopped:

  • One person was fined £300 on the spot for not being in possession of a waste transfer notice and another was reported for not having a waste transfer notice
  • One person was reported for offences under the Scrap Metal Act
  • Two drivers had their vehicles seized for having no insurance
  • Five traffic offence reports (TORs) were issued for offences such as using a mobile phone while driving
  • Nine vehicle defect rectification scheme (VDRS) notices were issued for various offences relating to the condition of vehicles
  • One vehicle was searched by a drugs dog, following intelligence, but nothing of note was found.
An officer searches a van at Standon (51654574)
An officer searches a van at Standon (51654574)

PC James Marshall, who organised the operation, said: “We want to do all we can to support our rural communities and this operation is just one example of how we’re working with our partners to tackle rural crime.

"We’ve had some great feedback from members of the public and I want to thank everyone who was involved in the operation and those who were stopped and spoken to for their co-operation. We will be continuing these operations."

He added: “Fly-tipping can have a devastating impact, as farmers and landowners are often left to foot the clean-up bill, which can run into the thousands. Piles of rubbish are also extremely unsightly and pose a risk to the community and the surrounding environment.

"It is so important to make sure that you use a reputable company when paying to have waste cleared. If it is fly-tipped, you could be liable and face a hefty fine. Make sure you do your research, ask questions about where your waste will be disposed of and be sure to obtain paperwork and a full receipt. The Environment Agency will be able to confirm whether a company is correctly registered, if you’re unsure.”

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