CCTV comes in to combat litter louts

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Councillor Steve Radford helping clean up the area. Pic © Steve Radford

A Tuebrook councillor has declared “war” on fly-tippers after new CCTV cameras were installed in the area.

The Tuebrook Hope Group requested the cameras from Liverpool City Council, hoping that the CCTV will act as a deterrent and stop fly-tipping altogether.

The cameras are hidden and move to a new location every fortnight. Liberal Party councillor Steve Radford has warned those who illegally dump waste that “enough is enough”.

He told JMU Journalism: “We have a community skip programme to keep the area clean, but it hasn’t done anything to combat people who treat the area with a callous disregard. This is now an all-out war. We want to catch the culprits, fine them, and let the world know we are catching them.

“Honest residents shouldn’t have to pay for those who don’t give a damn. We don’t want people trashing our community anymore.”

He added: “I’ve seen catering oil barrels thrown on the street. It’s creating a health hazard. A lot that is dumped is building work, but I’ve seen children’s play equipment and furniture dumped when people are moving. It all shows the same disregard. It’s horrendous.”

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Councillor Radford has warned that dumping isn’t just an eyesore but can also be dangerous.

A local resident, who didn’t want to be named, has lived in Tuebrook for 53 years and can’t believe how much the area has changed.

She told JMU Journalism: “The dumping is awful where I live, I’m always complaining. You see prams and mattresses dumped. It never used to be like this. It’s heart-breaking.”

Another resident who recently moved into the area, and also wanted to remain anonymous, says she can’t believe the level of dumping.

She said: “You can see [the waste] wherever you go. You see it as you walk down the street. There’s furniture that’s been left on my road. It’s so unsightly.”

The new cameras aren’t permanent, but Councillor Radford promises they will remain “for as long as it’s funded”.

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