Leeds City Council

Published : 05/07/2012 00:00

Proceeds from vehicle sale used to cut grime crime

A vehicle seized after being used to illegally dump waste has been sold with the money being used to buy extra equipment to combat environmental crime.

The van was dumped on land next to Holbeck Moor in March this year and with owners failing to claim it, ownership passed to the council.

The vehicle was sold at auction in May and netted the council in excess of £4,000.

Some of the funds have been used to cover the costs of cleaning up the site with the bulk of the money being used to buy extra CCTV cameras.

The mobile cameras are an essential tool in the environmental enforcement team’s fight against grime crime.

The cameras will be used to secretly monitor fly tipping hotspots and catch people illegally dumping rubbish.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“This is a great outcome. Not only have we been able to put one dumb dumper out of action, we’ve been able to buy extra kit that will help us deter and potentially catch others.

“Cleaning up after people who selfishly and illegally dump waste costs us thousands, so it’s very gratifying to be able to recoup some of those costs and reinvest it.”

Residents who witness any instances of fly tipping or have any information that will help identify individuals involved in environment crime can call 0113 222 4406.

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk

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