Flytippers cost Northampton taxpayers £570k over four years...but can you guess how many people were caught?

Fly-tipping has cost Northampton taxpayers more than half a million pounds over the last four years.

Fly-tipping has cost Northampton taxpayers more than half a million pounds over the last four years.

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Northampton council chiefs spent £570,000 investigating flytipping over the last four years, but just how much justice did they dispense?

New Government statistics show that flytipping incidents in the Northampton Borough Council area have risen from 7,575 to 12,288 over the last four years.

The cost of clearing up after the tippers set back taxpayers nearly £570,015 last year.

But the stats have revealed no fines were handed to the litterbugs.

That figure includes spending £7,000 on small van load clearances and £89,000 on clearances with tipper lorries.

While some areas such as Sunderland, Lewes, Lancaster and South Lakeland saw the amount of flytipping incidents falls by almost three-quarters over the four years since 2012, others told a different story.

In Hackney, London, there was tenfold increase in flytipping, from 599 incidents to 6,917 in just four years.