Police and partners tackle fly-tippers
Dated: 07 Mar 2012
Police are working with partners to make sure people are brought to task for environmental issues in Newcastle.
Officers on the Newcastle East Neighbourhood Policing team are working with Newcastle City Council's Environmental Services and neighbourhood wardens to identify those suspected of fly tipping and associated crime in the area.
Just last month an officer on plain clothes patrol saw two city council neighbourhood wardens speaking with two men suspected of fly-tipping in the rear lane of Stoddart Street in the Ouseburn area.
One of the men ran off and the officer gave chase and caught him in the area of the City Stadium. Both are being dealt with by the local authority for environmental issues.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Dougie Johnston said: "This is an example of how wardens and officers on patrol are always on the look out for illegal activity and support each other at every opportunity.
"The officer saw the wardens dealing with two men on suspicion of fly-tipping in the area and when one made off he gave chase to apprehend him. Both are now being dealt with by the local authority.
"Issues such as littering and fly-tipping are regularly raised by residents as an area of concern to them and they can be reassured that action is taken wherever possible to ensure our estates continue to become even safer, cleaner places to live."
Rob Nichols, Head of Environmental Services for Newcastle City Council said: "Neighbourhood Wardens act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community through patrols in residential areas of Newcastle. They work to improve neighbourhoods for local people and this is an excellent example of this.
"By working closely with the police we can further increase residents’ quality of life and improve their community confidence."