Thursday, 16 January 2014

Flytipping vehicle crushed to deter grime crime

PC Andy Katkowski and PCSO Stephen Wales from Wetherby NPT and Bev Kirk, environmental action officer, inspect all that remains of the flytipping truck.

The truck was damaged when the flytipping culprits were disturbed and fled the scene.

The pile of parts grows as the vehicle is stripped.

The vehicle is lifted into the crusher.

A Leeds flytipper has had his hopes of returning to a life of grime crime crushed alongside his vehicle.

The vehicle was seen being used to illegally dump rubbish on a bridleway in the Bramham area on 20 October last year.

The driver and his flytipping passenger fled the scene when they realised they’d been spotted. In their haste to make a getaway, they crashed the truck at the junction of Paradise Way and Thorner Road and abandoned it.

Police recovered the vehicle and called in the council’s environmental action officers to investigate the flytipping incident.

Working with the police, council officers have made every effort to identify the driver and his passenger to bring them to justice.

The offenders have not yet been traced and with no one claiming the damaged vehicle it has been stripped for parts and destroyed.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment, said:
“Our staff are relentless in their pursuit of those who commit environmental crimes as local people are fed up of their communities being used as unofficial dumping grounds.

“We use all the legal powers at our disposal to put flytippers out of action. Although we’d like to have our day in court with the offenders, removing and destroying the key tool in their illegal trade so they can’t commit other crimes is a great result.”

Inspector Paul Dwyer, who heads Wetherby Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:
“Fly tipping is a blight on our communities. It's an affront to everyone who plays by the rules and respects our environment. I know it's something which people expect police and local authorities to challenge and we are doing that across Leeds. Those involved here were caught by a Wetherby based Police Community Support Officer who works closely in partnership with our council colleagues to tackle this sort of environmental crime.

“Despite our best efforts, we have not yet been able to identify those responsible but in the meantime the destruction of their vehicle is a positive message."

Environmental action officers will continue to try to identify the two offenders and anyone else who commits environmental crime to take court action against them.

In July 2013, a vehicle used to flytip five tonnes of rubbish in Holbeck was seized by the council. This vehicle was sold at auction with the profits being used to fight grime crime.

Mobile CCTV cameras are used to detect flytipping and trace the culprits and residents who witness any instances of fly tipping or have any information that will help identify individuals involved in environmental crime can call 0113 222 4406.

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk

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Potential 2023 European Capital of Culture bid to be discussed by Executive Board


Caption: The potential of a 2023 European Capital of Culture bid, will be debated by Leeds City Council's Executive Board next week.

A report detailing the opportunities and challenges if Leeds were to submit a 2023 European Capital of Culture bid is set to be discussed by senior councillors next Wednesday, 22 January.

This debate follows a meeting held at Leeds Town Hall earlier this month, attended by nearly 300 people, which began a conversation on whether there is an appetite for the city to puts itself forward for the prestigious prize.

Members of Leeds City Council’s Executive Board, in considering the report, will offer their thoughts around a number of key areas, and be asked to provide their support to continued city-wide discussions over the next 9-12 months. If approved by the Executive Board, a second paper will then be brought back to a future meeting in early 2015 detailing the results of those discussions.

The report considers the possible social and economic benefits and impacts of a bid on different sectors and communities across the city, the potential of raising Leeds’ profile internationally, as well as the resources required and value for money.

During the week of the event at Leeds Town Hall, a twitter conversation on Leeds entering the 2023 race reached 455,548 accounts. If you would like to join the debate, please add the #Leeds2023 hashtag to the end of your twitter comments.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"After an extremely positive initial meeting which was attended by nearly 300 people, we are extremely keen to gain the approval of the Executive Board to continue the conversation over the next 9-12 months to see if Leeds should bid for the 2023 European Capital of Culture.

"A submission at this time is certainly not a given, and this is why we want to hear exactly what stakeholders think regarding us as a city entering the race, and on key issues such as the potential social and economic benefits it might bring, how it could be delivered, and of course cost.

"These are exactly the sort of conversations that must be undertaken before we can even contemplate saying yes or no, and if we are given the go-ahead by the Executive Board this will allow us to start the work that is needed to be done, so we can bring back a further report outlining some of our findings in early 2015."

Notes to editors:

A full copy of the report can be viewed at:
http://democracy.leeds.gov.uk/documents/s107731/Capital%20of%20Culture%20Cover%20Report%20Appendix%201%20140114.pdf

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk