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Rural Areas: Crime

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL9552, tabled on 16 July 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to tackle rural crimes such as hare coursing and fly-tipping.

Answered on

26 July 2018

We recognise that local police forces are taking steps to address hare coursing and associated crimes and that this is an operational matter for the police. The role of locally elected Police and Crime Commissioners is to hold their forces to account, including on how they tackle the crimes that matter most to residents and businesses.

The government is committed to tackling fly-tipping in rural and urban areas. Local authorities and the Environment Agency have a wide range of enforcement powers to tackle fly-tipping and we have recently strengthened these. In 2016 we gave local authorities the power to issue fixed penalty notices for small scale fly-tipping and enhanced the local authorities and Environment Agency’s ability to search and seize the vehicles of suspected fly-tippers. We recently consulted on the power to issue fixed penalty notices to householders who fail in their duty of care and pass their waste to fly-tippers. Two thirds of fly-tips incidents involve household waste so this will help address the main source of the crime. Subject to parliamentary approval this new power will be available to local authorities and the Environment Agency later this year.