Council unleashes 'arsenal of CCTV' with 25 state-of-the-art cameras in anti-social crackdown

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Twenty-five state-of-the-art cameras are being installed around Hillingdon as part of a £100,000 council crackdown on fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour.

Hillingdon Council reported that it would be “deploying an arsenal of new mobile CCTV cameras” at “various hotspots”.

Some 7,267 “incidents of anti-social fly-tipping” were reported in Hillingdon in 2015/16.

The cameras are described by officials as being capable of capturing high definition images in even the poorest light.

The cameras will record evidence of fly-tipping and other forms anti-social behaviour, with the aim to ultimately lead to successful prosecutions.

Fly-tipping carries a sentence of up to 12 months in prison, a fine of up to £50,000, or both.

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Councillor Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration, said: “Fly-tipping is a nationwide problem that sadly Hillingdon isn’t immune to. It’s a crime that blights people’s lives and we’re determined to identify and prosecute those who do it, as well as curb other forms of nuisance behaviour.

“That’s why we’re investing in these new cameras - to help keep our neighbourhoods clean and safe for residents.

“The cameras will be integral to our investigations, helping us capture the highest quality evidence we can. And being mobile, we’ll be able to move them to wherever they’re needed the most.

“My particular warning to would-be fly-tippers is this: we’re using every tactic we can to catch you in the act, including the latest CCTV technology. Please dispose of your rubbish legally or face the consequences."

Local authorities across England dealt with 936,000 fly-tipping incidents in 2015/16, at a clean-up cost of £49.8 million, Hillingdon Council stated, adding that more than two thirds involved household waste.

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