AN ALLEGED fly-tipper was interviewed under caution — but Rotherham Council decided prosecution was not in the public interest.
The incident was reported to RMBC two weeks ago after kitchen furniture was dumped by a road in Eastwood.
The resident who reported it said: “I had a response back to say that they had interviewed someone after catching them on camera, but they said it wasn’t in the public interest to prosecute.”
Another said: “Residents here have gone crazy about this. How can it not be in the public interest to prosecute?
“People know what a problem Eastwood has with fly-tipping. It’s out of control. It makes you think is this their response to everything?”
Tom Smith, RMBC assistant director for community safety and streetscene, said: “The council did swiftly investigate this incident, including reviewing CCTV footage and conducting an interview with the alleged perpetrator under caution.
“Based on the results of this investigation, we have decided not to take further legal action. Owing to the individual’s circumstances, it is unlikely that criminal proceedings would be appropriate or that we would achieve a successful prosecution.
“We ar e working hard to combat fly-tipping wherever it happens in our borough. The steps we have taken in this case, to investigate the incident and to identify and work with the perpetrator to prevent any recurrence, reflect how seriously we take it.”
The council said a combination of overt and covert cameras were used to combat fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour. There are currently 13 overt cameras in the Eastwood area, it added.