Should fly-tippers be tracked down?

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THIS photograph is of rubbish dumped outside my property October 10/11 this year.

The rubbish contained, among other things, an obviously new box for Samsung TV with a label giving the serial number – if the purchaser registered their warranty (as overwhelming majority do) it is very simple to trace them. If not, then the selling retailer can easily be traced and then almost certainly the customer.

In my opinion, a properly-led investigation would almost certainly have secured a conviction and heavy fine for the perpetrator, and helped pay towards the ever-mounting cost of dealing with fly-tipping.

The council cleared the rubbish, but despite their website claim “we take fly-tipping seriously”, have, I believe, done nothing to trace perpetrator.

A council official was, to put it mildly, distinctly disinterested on his visit to me, and in an email to me Paul Willis (waste strategy manager) claims it would be too costly to pursue and the public would not approve the use of taxpayers’ money in such a cause.

I believe the public would prefer to see offenders caught and will agree with me that so called “minor crime” is, in fact, more detrimental and blighting to the lives of the majority of us compared to major crime which mostly affects only a small minority.

In my opinion, zero tolerance should be the order of the day – so-called toterance is an absurdity. The law is the law, if it is unnecessary then change or get rid of the law, but whilst the law exists it should be enforced. This lax and lethargic attitude only encourages “minor crime” and leads to more and more of it, and the subsequent misery the decent majority have to suffer.

What do your readers think? Should the council have pursued this case or are they right to ignore a criminal offence in order to “save public money”?

John Searle

Oakleigh Road

Worthing