Shocking images of fly-tipping in Chesterfield as police say there's an increase in people dumping rubbish in lockdown

There has been an increase in the number of people fly-tipping over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic according to police in Chesterfield.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 12:38 pm

Yesterday (March 23), officers from Staveley Safer Neighbourhood Team released shocking images of rubbish that had been dumped by members of the public in the town.

Dozens of old tyres and a stained mattress were among the items that had been discarded in Staveley’s green spaces.

It comes after a number of litter picking groups have been set up recently in Chesterfield to combat the rise in fly-tipping, such as the Staveley and Lowgates Litter Picking Group which was founded in January, after residents noticed a significant amount of rubbish while on their lockdown walks.

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Police said there has been an increase in fly-tipping in Staveley during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a post on Facebook, the force wrote: “During the pandemic, fly tipping /littering has become an increasing issue.

"We are working with our colleagues in the CBC Environmental Protection Team, Streetscene and DFS to try to address the issues in our area.”

A stained mattress was among the items dumped.

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Officers reminded residents that fly-tipping is a crime that could result in prosecution.