FLYTIPPERS who create an eyesore face prosecution as CCTV cameras are set up to target hot-spot sites used for dumping.

Durham County Council is setting up the portable cameras at known flytipping haunts in the county to help catch culprits and to deter other people.

It is part of the Operation Stop It countywide education, engagement and enforcement campaign. It involves the council, Durham Police, Crimestoppers and the Environment Agency.

The cameras were paid for by funding from several county councillors and footage from them will be used to prosecute those who dump items like sofas and building waste.

County Councillor Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “This sends out a clear message that we take flytipping very seriously.

“Local members want to play a part in stopping the irresponsible few who dump waste.

“Although prosecution is always a last resort, anyone caught on camera will be made to pay for their careless actions.”

Town and parish councils have also shown an interest in funding additional CCTV cameras.

Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services at the county council, said: “The vast majority of residents and businesses dispose of their waste correctly and legally.

“We use these cameras to deter the minority who spoil our environment and we would urge those who do to think again about their actions.”

Neighbourhood wardens and police officers will carry out regular stop and check exercises to find out if waste carriers are licensed and have the correct paperwork.

Flytipping can be reported by contacting 03000-261000, online at or via Crimestoppers on 0800-555111 or online at

If flytipped items are in a dangerous place or causing an obstruction to a highway contact the police on 999.