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Top of the UK RIPA fly-tipping charts

Sunday 29th March 2009
Great Yarmouth council has used RIPA - Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act - legislation to monitor fly-tipping more than any other council in the UK. The 61 cases where video surveillance was used in an attempt to deal with illegal tipping were justified by environmental health officer Peter Astle due to public annoyance at the high amount of rubbish-dumping incidents within the borough.

The controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act - the popularly dubbed 'snoop' powers - were introduced by the government during 2004. Since then Norfolk councils have used them a total of 304 times.

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