GBC and Kent Police Vehicle parked by side of road with field behind. Police officers signalling right arm to stop.

Our Environmental Enforcement Officers with Kent Police have carried out a number of road checks in rural areas which have been subjected to high levels of fly-tipping.

On Thursday 5 May 2022 Environmental Enforcement Officers from Gravesham Borough Council and officers from Kent Police Special Constabulary, carried out a number of road checks in rural areas which have been subjected to high levels of fly-tipping.

Tthe new initiative between Gravesham Borough Council and the Kent Police Special Constabulary will see officers carrying out proactive patrolling and road checks in Gravesham’s rural areas during the evenings, at night time and at weekends.

Many fly-tipping offences take place during the hours of darkness and at weekends and this proactive operation will ensure that those involved in environmental crime may be stopped and prosecuted. In addition, Kent Police officers will be checking vehicles for road traffic and criminal offences. Not only do those involved in fly-tipping in the rural areas of Gravesham face the risk of covert cameras, they also now face the possibility of being stopped, and where appropriate having their vehicles seized by Kent Police

This operation is just one of several proactive partnership operations and Gravesham Borough Council officers already work with the Kent Police Rural Task Force and other partner agencies to target illegal waste carriage and environmental crime. On many occasions those linked with fly-tipping, and their vehicles, are often involved in other criminal activity.

“We are really pleased to be working with different agencies such as Kent Police to help to find and prosecute those committing environmental crimes in our borough. 

Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Cllr Shane Mochrie-Cox

“While this operation is mainly aimed at rural areas, officers are also working in the urban areas to prevent fly-tipping, find those responsible and fine and prosecute where we can.

“Gravesham is a beautiful place and those responsible for these selfish, inconsiderate crimes should be ashamed of themselves. We will do everything we can to try to put a stop to them.”

Published: Wednesday, 11th May 2022