Fly-tipping hot spot in Colwick is targeted

Four people have been prosecuted in an attempt to deal with a fly-tipping hot spot in Nottingham.

The Environment Agency said Racecourse Road - next to Nottingham Racecourse and Colwick Country Park - had become a focus for problems in recent months.

Last week a man from St Ann's was given a 12 month community order after a chair, a mattress and wood were dumped near to the entrance of Colwick Hall.

The agency said it was a serious issue and culprits would be punished.

Peter Rutherford, from the Environment Agency, said the area suited fly-tippers.

"The fly-tipper is an opportunist. He is looking for a quiet, secluded, remote location to commit his crime," he said.

"In this particular instance we had a van load of waste which was emptied in less than a minute - in a quiet location with no witnesses to observe.

"But we target these sites with covert cameras, specifically to catch these people."

Convicted fly-tippers can face unlimited fines and up to five years imprisonment.

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