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News round-up 27/1

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Warning over metal theft; Defra trustee named; Councillors call for greater fines; Fy tip on bridleway

Government told metal thefts could rise

Government cuts could prompt the return of problems with metal theft, according to a national trade body.

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) said the removal of funding for a national taskforce to tackle the crime could have a significant impact on safety and security.

In light of the cutbacks, the BCGA urged waste processors to be vigilant in handling gas cylinders and ensure they are disposed of in the correct manner.

Press release

Defra’s new trustee named

Anne Jenkin, Baroness Jenkin of Kennington, pictured, has been appointed to the board of trustees at WRAP.

Jenkin, a member of the House of Lords since 2011, is vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Food Waste, and is trustee to Feeding Britain, a charity set up to help people in poverty.

WRAP chair Julie Hill said: “Baroness Jenkin has supported our aims through raising awareness of the issues in a number of events and political debates.

Press release

Councillors call for greater fines

Thurrock councillors have expressed disappointment that some fixed penalty notices (FPNs) were only proposed to rise a little in the next financial year.

Members of the Cleaner, Greener, Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee discussed proposed fees and charges in the environment area with some members saying they should be increased to over £100.

But they were told FPNs for dog fouling, fly-posting, littering, and graffiti should go up from £75 to £78 with similar increases in the lesser amount for payments within 10 days.

Press release

Fly tip on bridleway

A 6.5 tonne fly tip has been removed at a picturesque site in Lincolnshire.

Investigators have vowed to track down the culprits, who they believe could be from Grimsby.

West Lindsey District Council has removed the mess after receiving repeated calls to take action when a bridleway at Swallow on the A46 became a dumping ground for fly tippers.

Grimsby Telegraph

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