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Stirling's flytipping fight brought into focus as almost 2,500 incidents reported in new stats

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The scale of the region’s fight with fly-tippers has been revealed - with almost 2,500 incidents recorded in just over two years.The data, released by an Freedom of Information request from the Scottish Liberal Democrats, highlights that 2,482 incidents of fly-tipping have been reported in Stirling since the figures began in September 2019.However, in an indication of the challenge in bringing those responsible to account, only 43 fixed-penalty notices were handed out for fly-tipping offences in the region - with no incidents being reported to the procurator fiscal as a result.In neighbouring Clackmannanshire, a total of 658 fly-tipping incidents were recorded in the time period - but none of these led to either a fixed penalty notice or a referral to the procurator fiscal for an offence.Stirling MSP Evelyn Tweed labelled the issue of fly-tipping as a “blight” - especially for farming communities - and urged people who witness incidents taking place to report these to Stirling Council and the police.Ms Tweed said: “Fly-tipping is a dreadful crime, particularly for farmers, and is clearly a blight on the environment and communities.“It causes significant disruption that can have a real impact on a farmer’s work life - especially at critical times like lambing or harvest season.“One of the challenges with fly-tipping is being able to catch the people responsible, with some perpetrators operating in ways that makes it difficult to find evidence against them.“There is legislation in place for such crimes and I would encourage people to continue to report fly-tipping to the council so that they can take action.

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