ROGUE traders are in the sights of council bosses looking to strengthen their ability to punish offenders after reports of flytippers advertising suspect services through social media.
Rotherham Borough Council is looking to update its enforcement policy — allowing officers to carry out more online surveillance, for example.
There has been increased use of social media by dodgy traders, particularly involving fly-tipping and counterfeit goods.
Cllr Emma Hoddinott. cabinet member for community safety, said: “Recently we’ve seen a real increase in members of the public being taken in by rogue traders operating through social media sites, for example, advertising ‘man with a van’ services and then fly-tipping waste they have collected.
“Now we want to hear people's views on the proposals which will allow our officers better tackle these crimes and help protect the public and our environment here in Rotherham.”
Have your say at rotherham.gov.uk/consultations until Sunday, July 28.
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