PCC and Chief Constable address Fly-tipping Concerns at St Albans Barn Meet
The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd and Chief Constable, Charlie Hall, have met members of the rural community at a Barn Meet in Redbourn, St. Albans.

A gathering of around 60 people, including local landowners, members of the county council, the Constabulary, Herts Fire and Rescue and the waste management company, Veolia, came together for this annual meet to discuss rural crime matters.

Fly-tipping, anti-social use of vehicles and damage to crops were the main concerns from the local farming community.

Commissioner Lloyd said: “We know fly-tipping is a significant issue and we understand the impact, cost and frustration that it has had on this community. We are working with the Constabulary and local authorities to try and find a solution to this problem.

I have provided a grant of more than £80,000 to help local authorities tackle fly-tipping across the county. This grant will be used to cover a wide range of initiatives including launching a public relations campaign to remind residents to check the official credentials of companies disposing of their waste.”

Farmer Bill Barr, who has been hosting the barn meet for the past five years, and other local farmers explained their frustration with the fly-tipping incidents in the area, which can occur up to twice a week.

Chief Inspector Shane O’Neill responsible for the St Albans area said: “In the St Albans district there have been nine police prosecutions in the last six months.

Four arrests for fly-tipping offences were made last week and fines of £500-£3,500 have been handed to those who have been prosecuted. In addition to this, there are four cases waiting to go to court.”

Chief Constable, Charlie Hall urged community representatives to engage with the Constabulary and let them know of criminal incidents when they happen.

He said: “Rural crime is high on the agenda and criminals need to be aware that if they get caught – they will be prosecuted.
We have made some arrests and there have been successes through the courts. To continue this success going forward, we need to work closer together and across communities.”

Those who attended the meeting were also reminded of ways to contact the Constabulary if they wished to report a crime.
Dial 999 in an emergency, when a crime is in progress or someone suspected of a crime is nearby, for example if you see someone in the act of fly-tipping or joy-riding causing damage to crops.

Dial 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response, for example if a vehicle has been stolen or there has been damage to your property.

You can also now report crime directly to the Constabulary’s website.

Hertfordshire Constabulary’s new mobile phone app is available on iPhone and Android devices and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.