There have been an increasing number of incidences of fly tipping in recent months, and many of these have involved tyres being dumped. In a recent joint operation by South Wales Police and the Environment Agency, a man was caught dumping 650 tyres at a Welsh beauty spot.
David James was arrested on 23rd June, 2007, after he was filmed disposing of the tyres in the Afan Valley. This week James was given a four month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to pay £350 costs.
Lyn Richards, team leader of Environmental Crime, Environment Agency Wales, commented on the case, “Recent changes in legislation has meant it is harder to hide from the consequences of this type of offending. The growing support offered to the Environment Agency by South Wales Police also means that more and more offenders are being caught and brought to book. Tyre fly-tipping has become an increasing problem and this result sends a strong message to those flouting the law.”