Prosecution warning as fly-tippers hit common

PUBLISHED: 12:30 20 January 2016 | UPDATED: 13:26 20 January 2016

Rubbish fly-tipped on common land near Budleigh Salterton

Rubbish fly-tipped on common land near Budleigh Salterton


Fly-tippers who dump rubbish on a beauty spot near Budleigh Salterton face prosecution if caught.

The zero tolerance warning comes from the Pebblebed Heath Conservation Trust, a charity set up by landowner Clinton Devon Estates.

The landowner said fly-tipping appeared to be on the increase locally on its heathland conservation sites; often as many as two ‘major’ incidents a month required clearing up.

Clinton Devon Estates said clearing up the illegally-dumped rubbish took a huge amount of time and diverted staff away from more important conservation work.

Anyone spotting a fly-tipper leaving rubbish on the heaths - a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) - is asked to contact the trust, which will share the information with the police.

A spokesman for the Pebblebed Heath Conservation Trust said the site was ‘one of the most important conservation sites in Europe’.

He said: “As well as being highly antisocial, fly-tipping undermines the special nature of this European conservation site.

He added: “The trust takes fly-tipping very seriously and will seek to prosecute anyone found guilty of dumping rubbish.

“Clearing up is a huge waste of resources, taking staff away from important conservation management and education work.

“Local people have been equally annoyed about this activity, prompting some to make postss on social media.

“While this has been useful and has helped to identify offenders, the trust would also encourage people to contact them directly, allowing all evidence to be passed onto the police.”

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