Sligo gardai investigate after reports of illegal dumping on Sligo's Coney Island

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Sligo gardai investigate after reports of illegal dumping on Sligo's Coney Island

Gardai were contacted after reports of suspicious activity on Coney Island.

Reported on the Sligo Leitrim Garda Division Facebook page, Sligo gardaí received reports of a number of campervans being driven in a suspicious manner on Coney Island on Monday evening, August 5. 

While carrying out enquiries Gardaí discovered the occupiers of the campervans had discarded some items of rubbish on the island. This matter is now being followed up on by the community Gardaí.

Images of the dumping courtesy of Sligo Leitrim Garda Division Facebook page.

◾Who Enforces the Litter Laws?
Local authorities are responsible for implementing the litter laws in their own areas under the Litter Pollution Act, 1997 as amended. This means they are responsible for the prevention and control of litter and they have the power to take enforcement action against individuals who break or ignore these laws. Sligo County Council employs one full time Litter Warden to cover the County Council area. Gardai also have the power to issue on the spot fines for litter offences.If you see someone dumping illegally or if you come across illegally dumped litter, please report the matter to the Council who will investigate and take any necessary enforcement action.

◾How much is an on-the-spot litter fine?
Under the Litter Pollution Act, 1997 as amended, an on-the-spot litter fine is €150.

◾What is the maximum penalty on conviction in the Courts for a littering offence?
The maximum fine is €3,000. A person convicted of a litter offence may also be required by the court to pay the local authority's costs and expenses in investigating the offence and bringing the prosecution.

◾Did you know that under Litter Pollution Act, 1997 as amended, you are breaking the law when:

➡️You create litter in a public place

➡️You own, hire or drive a car and litter is dropped from it

◾If you see someone dumping illegally or if you come across illegally dumped litter, please report the matter to your local authority who will investigate and take any necessary enforcement action.

Littering is a crime , you can report it by contacting the local Litter Warden
: +353 071 911 1111
Or by contacting your local Garda Station 
 0719157000