Fly-tippers have been caught out by Welsh authorities during a three-day multi-agency vehicle stop and check operation codenamed Beagle. Carmarthenshire County Council environmental enforcement officers issued 11 £300 fines to carriers who failed to provide appropriate transfer papers for the waste they were transporting. Seven carriers were also caught moving waste without a licence and could now be taken to court where they would face fines of up to £5,000. Operation Beagle was carried out across Carmarthenshire, Swansea and Neath and Port Talbot, and was run by officials from Dyfed-Powys and South Wales police forces, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea councils, the Environment Agency Wales, the DVLA, VOSA, HM Revenue & Customs and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service. Council head of street scene Phil Williams said: All businesses that carry waste, including scrap merchants, skip companies, builders and gardeners, must have a waste carriers licence. They must also make sure they have the correct paperwork, known as waste transfer notes, for all the waste they carry and only use licensed waste sites to dispose of their rubbish. Both during and after the operation, there was an increase in the number of applications to the Environment Agency for waste carriers licences. This shows that the operation was successful, not only in the numbers caught for various offences over the three days the checks were carried out, but in getting the message across that anyone caught illegally transporting waste will be prosecuted through the courts. Carmarthenshire County Councils executive board member for the environment Pam Palmer said: By working together, we can all help to drive the professional fly-tippers out of business which, in the long run, saves council taxpayers thousands of pounds.