THE heat is being turned up on fly-tippers.
North Tyneside Council, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Northumbria Police have joined forces for an initiative, called Operation Hotspot, intended to reduce dumping and littering.
Officers have carried out patrols in Wallsend, issuing fixed-penalty notices to anyone littering or allowing their dogs to foul without cleaning up after them.
The council’s fly-tipping enforcement team is also on the lookout for offenders.
Three fixed-penalty notices have been issued and 80 residents have been given a talking to.
Wayne Young, area officer for the council’s environmental services team, said: “By working closely with the police and the fire service, we aim to make the borough cleaner and greener.
“We will be doing our utmost to tackle the problems of fly-tipping and littering, removing materials that could prove to be potential fire hazards.”
Temporary Inspector Phil McConville, of Wallsend police, added: “Fly-tipping makes areas look uncared for and run down.
“It is particularly unpleasant when it happens near where people live.”
To report fly-tipping, call 0345 200 0103.