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Council to issue fixed penalty notices to fly tippers

Walsall Council spent over £400,000 last year clearing up after fly tippers Credit: PA

In a fly tipping crackdown, Walsall Council’s Cabinet are set to consider utilising new powers to issue fixed penalty notices to people fly tipping on public land.

The Council is proposing to adopt the maximum allowed penalty of £400 and to offer a discount of £50 for early bird payment.

At present, fly tipping enforcement is dealt with through the courts where possible, but the resources involved in investigating and bringing such offences to court are significant.

Councillor Julie Fitzpatrick Portfolio Holder for Community Leisure and Culture said:

At a time when council funding is being squeezed tightly, this is one of the areas in which we want to do things differently.

There are savings to be made in not having to go to court, but the new arrangements would see offenders brought to justice more swiftly and send out a strong message that fly tippers are not welcome in Walsall.

– Councillor Julie Fitzpatrick

Introducing fixed penalty notices for fly tipping would not replace any of the other enforcement options currently used by enforcement officers - it would add to them and allow a new flexibility in how fly tipping is dealt with. For the most serious offences, the Council would still seek to take cases to court.

Councillor Chris Jones, Portfolio Holder for Clean and Green said:

We spent over £400,000 last year clearing up after fly tippers – that’s a huge amount of public money which could have been better spent on other vital council services.

– Councillor Chris Jones

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Pigeon poses for selfie with 'lifesaving RSPCA officer'

Rescuer Catherine Strawford. Credit: RSPCA.

A pigeon who was rescued after spending five days in a chimney has posed for a selfie with the RSPCA officer who rescued her.

Animal welfare officers were called to Milton Street in Walsall on Sunday afternoon after a homeowners reported the bird which was trying to escape. Rescuer Catherine Strawford said:

“The man who lived there said he’d heard the bird flying around for a number of days, the chimney, in an upstairs room, was completely sealed except for a small air vent plastered into the brickwork. I explained that, to get the bird out, we’d have to knock a hole through the wall. The following day, with the help of West Midlands Fire & Rescue Service, we managed to free the poor pigeon. The crew removed the vent and chiseled a hole into the wall (pictured) so I could retrieve the bird, who was very lucky to be alive after five days trapped in the chimney. Luckily, the pigeon was not injured, and after offering food and water, I was able to release the bird. The pigeon shot off so was obviously pleased to be free.”

– Rescuer Catherine Strawford.
West Midlands Fire & Rescue Service managed to free the pigeon alongside the RSPCA. Credit: ITV News.

If you see a sick, injured animal or an animal in distress you can call the RSPCA’s 24-hour emergency line on 0300 1234 999.

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