POLICE and council officers are continuing their 'intensive' operation to 'eradicate' fly-tipping across Cheshire West.

Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire Police have once again joined forces to carry out their well-established 'Operation Flycatcher'.

The operation involves enforcement officers examining fly-tipping reports across the borough to search for evidence of potential offenders.

Officers also spoke to residents and posted letters through doors, asking anyone with information that might help identify those responsible for the fly-tipping to come forward.

Where evidence of fly-tipping was found, several doorstep interviews under caution were carried out. The investigations into these reports continue.

Cheshire Police's Rural Crime team, along with council officers, also carried out spot checks of commercial vehicles.

These vehicles were stopped as officers ensured the drivers had the required licences and documentation, if they were transporting waste.

The council’s cabinet member for homes, planning and safer communities, Cllr Christine Warner, said: “We will continue to clamp down on fly tippers with the intention of eradicating fly-tipping completely from Cheshire West and Chester.

“Fly-tipping is a blight on our beautiful borough and Operation Flycatcher is just one of a number of innovative ways we are dealing with it.

“Fly tipping figures have declined in the past 12 months following the enforcement interventions, and we want to see a further decline next year.

“This operation is part of our continued multi-agency campaign to ensure unscrupulous individuals and businesses do not get away with disposing of their waste illegally.”

Mobile CCTV is still in operation in fly-tipping hot spot areas across the borough and will continue to be used.