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Fly tipping a major problem in Cornwall

Fly tipping at Liberty Zawn Pendeen, summer 2015 Credit: Friends of Portheras Cove Community Conservation Group

The dumping of household goods in a Cornish beauty spot - one in which seals shelter from the sea - was heartbreaking for the community group that works to protect it.

Delia Webb from Friends of Portheras Cove - says some of the team almost cried when they saw what had been done to the world heritage site.

Fly tipping in Cornwall has increased by 40% in the past year.

In the last 12 months nearly 5,000 incidents were reported compared with just under 3,500 for the year before.

Fly tipping incidents on council land last year Credit: ITV News

Fly-tipping blights communities and poses a risk to human health which is why tackling this issue is a priority for government. We want everyone to enjoy a cleaner, healthier country and will build on our recent successes by introducing fixed penalty notices for small scale fly-tipping.

This will provide local authorities with another way of clamping down on those who illegally dump waste.

Last year’s increase in reported fly-tipping incidents should be seen in the context of better technology, including local authority apps, which allow members of the public to easily report this crime so authorities can take action.

– Defra spokesperson
Dumped rubbish in Cornwall Credit: Friends of Portheras Cove Community Conservation Group