Lincolnshire Environmental Crime Partnership
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is proud to be a member of the Environmental Crime Partnership - protecting Lincolnshire’s environment by working together to effectively tackle waste related crimes.
The aim of the partnership is to:
- Reduce and prevent fly tipping across Lincolnshire, by bringing all relevant agencies together and working in partnership.
- Seek to find new and innovative methods for closer working, both operationally and strategically.
A formal information sharing agreement (the first in the country) has been created to assist in sharing information and intelligence relating to fly tipping and environmental crime amongst partners.
A number of operations have been co-ordinated to reduce and prevent fly-tipping and waste crime:
- Operation Clean Sweep
Intelligence-led targeted action days of action coordinated with other key agencies such as the DVLA and HMRC to disrupt and intervene against waste crime. The operation resulted in multiple vehicle seizures, prohibition notices and prevention of large quantities of waste from being illegally deposited.
- Operation Cyber Guardian
The partnership has supported Operation Cyber Guardian, removing illegal waste service advertising on social media.
- Operation Asgard
The introduction of Operation Asgard with Lincolnshire Police will see the seizure of offenders' vehicles for forfeiture or destruction.
Campaigning for tougher legal action on fly-tippers
The partnership have contributed to the campaign lobbying central Government for tougher legal action on fly-tippers.
Currently, sentences handed down do not always match the severity of the offence committed or fairly reflect the costs incurred by the public purse. This means that punishment for the offence of fly-tipping does not act as a suitable deterrent.
The partnership, alongside Hertfordshire Waste Partnership and other local authorities and professional bodies, have called upon the Sentencing Council to consider tougher fines and sentences for fly-tipping offences.
Numerous convictions have been achieved across the county - many of which have resulted in fines of over £2000 and sanctions including a suspended prison sentence and a driving ban.
Ayeisha Kirkham - Public Protection Manager at South Kesteven District Council. Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner
Stuart Hoyle Waste Crime Engagement Specialist at The Environment Agency.