Rural crime worsens during COVID19 pandemic

A survey undertaken by Farmers Weekly of their online readers indicates that rural crime has become significantly worse since the start of the COVID Pandemic. In fact 81% of those who responded felt that rural crime had increased since March 2020. In addition, Countryside Alliance ran a survey in which both fly tipping and theft of agricultural machinery were the most commonly reported crimes with the respondents hoping that the police can prioritise addressing these crimes.

DEFRA is keen to understand the scale of the fly-tipping problem and encourages people to report any such incidents to their local authority. East Suffolk District Council has details of how to report fly-tipping on their website here.

If you are affected by fly-tipping and you wish to discuss this or any other form of waste issue, please get in touch and one of our team will work with you to assist where we can.

Jane Haviland is a solicitor specialising in environmental law in the Business Services Team at Barker Gotelee Solicitors.

Ipswich Environmental Law Solicitors – for more information on our range of legal services, please call the team on 01473 611211 or email