The campaign title is a play on words using the popular West Midlands based crime TV series Peaky Blinders. The Pesky Blighters campaign involves CCTV images of people fly tipping, which will be shared on the council’s social media platforms so residents can help to identify the culprits and bring them to justice. Those who give information that helps to catch fly tippers will receive £100 (in the form of a voucher) out of the fine issued if the culprits are successfully prosecuted.
Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment at City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “Fly tipping has always been a priority for the council. We know it’s a national issue in the UK with over one million fly tipping incidents recorded across the country. We know how it makes people feel and what it does to the area they live in - it’s unfair and completely inconsiderate. Which is why, with our officers along with your help, we can catch these criminals and the courts can hold them accountable.
“Nobody wants to live next to dumped rubbish. Some of the evidence shows fly tipping is organised by house clearance companies. People who use these firms must ensure they are legitimate.
“We are absolutely committed to tackling fly tippers and we will take the necessary measures to stop this criminal behaviour. We all have a part to play in helping to keep Wolverhampton – and local neighbourhoods and streets - clean and attractive.”
The Pesky Blighters campaign is part of the Shop a Tipper programme. Full details of the campaign will be issued on the council’s website and social media channels when its launched in Spring.