Episode 2 Filthy Rotten Scoundrels


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Episode 2

The documentary series takes a look at talking CCTV in Middlesbrough that tells off people who drop litter in the street. Plus the farmer's wife on a mission to stop fly-tippers.


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Every day, a war is being waged across Britain to clean up our towns and countryside.

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It's where I walk and where I live, and I don't want it to look a mess.

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The people who's doing this should definitely be heavily fined.

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From the tons of cigarettes butts, dogs' mess and household rubbish

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to mountains of tyres and skip-loads of builders' waste...

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To clear this area would be a big job.

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When I see people fly-tipping or even just littering,

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throwing a crisp packet on the floor, it makes me angry that people have so little respect.

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..we're on the front line of the clear-up and the fight-back,

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with the dedicated teams tracking down the rogues

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and putting the Great back into Britain.

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It may harm your defence if you fail to mention, when questioned,

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something you later rely on in court.

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On today's programme, the voice from above

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that shames the litter louts into clearing up after themselves.

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"The gentleman in the blue top with the white T-shirt on,

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could you please pick up the litter you've just dropped?"

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And we're doing the rounds with a man whose dedication

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to clearing up his neighbourhood is an inspiration to us all.

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If I can pick this stuff up,

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and it's making the area a lot better to drive round and walk round,

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then, I suppose, I should take a bit of pride in that, really.

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Welcome to the dirty world of Filthy Rotten Scoundrels.

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Now, whose heart doesn't lift at sights like these?

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Beautiful Britain! But I've got a shocking fact for you.

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Someone fly-tips in England every 30 seconds.

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But local councils like Doncaster are fighting back.

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They've drafted in neighbourhood-response teams

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whose regular work is patrolling for antisocial behaviour,

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to hunt for equally antisocial lawbreakers

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who like to dump rubbish.

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It's a 24-hour job, and seasoned team members Louise and Gerald

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are determined they're going to get results.

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We're on the streets seven nights a week.

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We're rock-and-rolling four on, four off,

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from seven o'clock at night till six in the morning,

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and we're out looking for fly-tipping hot spots tonight.

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We're going to one quite close to here

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that's called the Balk. It's a farmer's land,

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but he's been plagued by fly-tipping for months now.

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On the face of it, the Balk is just a peaceful bridleway running across farmland.

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But the incessant fly-tipping is an ongoing nightmare

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for locals like farmer's wife Jackie Dusi.

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I'm absolutely fed up of going out of the end of my drive down there

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and knowing that just 200 or 300 yards down the lane,

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there's going to be household rubbish dumped,

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old furniture, garden stuff, house clearances,

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and it just incenses me, and I don't want to have to live in that area.

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That's why I'm so passionate about catching these dumpers,

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and bringing them to book, getting them sorted out.

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Jackie is a one-woman surveillance crack squad,

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and fly-tippers should be afraid - very afraid.

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'It's at this time of night that I'm particularly vigilant.'

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They'll start coming up the lane, doing the fly-tipping.

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So I'm out and about watering my plants and keeping an eye on what's going off,

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and making sure that whoever goes down that lane,

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I've clocked 'em, and if they're suspicious, I'm down there

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either in the truck, or if the truck's not available, on my bike,

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with my trusty stick and my notebook and my mobile-phone camera.

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She's my kind of woman, and she's Louise and Gerald's kind, too,

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as dedicated to keeping the Balk clear as they are.

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But the filthy rotters just love a secluded spot

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for their dirty deeds, so there's a horrible inevitability

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about visiting the Balk.

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'It's been really bad lately.'

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We've got some new stuff. This is new,

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so we're going to have to have a look through this.

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This wasn't here the last time we come up.

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It's a shocking mess. Just look at it!

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There's builders' rubble mixed with household waste.

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It's probably more than one dump.

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Now their number-one priority is to find some clues

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to who this rubbish belongs to in and amongst this mound of muck.

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We'll search through it to see if we can find any evidence -

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you know, letters, cards, anything with names and addresses on it.

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Anything they find will be passed on

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to the council's environmental-crime team for investigation.

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What a waste of precious council resources, though!

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It's absolutely ridiculous. It costs the council thousands of pounds

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to clear this up. It's money they could well spend on other areas,

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but they have to spend it on fly-tipping.

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There's plenty of sites to dump waste,

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but they do it in a country lane like this and get rid of it that way,

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which is astonishing at times.

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You're telling me! But maybe this time,

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if they can unearth some vital leads, there'll be some payback.

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That's a good piece of evidence for this.

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It's an unopened piece of mail

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that clearly shows a name and address,

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which is just down the road.

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This address might lead them to the owner of the rubbish.

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From there they'll hope to find out who dumped it.

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So what we'll do is, we'll complete a blue book to the FLAG team...

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That's the fly-tipping, litter and abandoned-vehicles team to you and me.

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..to report the fly-tipping, and we can attach this as evidence,

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so that hopefully somebody can be prosecuted.

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It's good when we can get evidence like this,

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so we can at least try and identify some of the people

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who are tipping in this area. It does have a big impact on communities.

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Luckily, in this case it looks like the evidence is mounting.

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Bingo! It's the same address as the bill they've already found.

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And there's another form of waste in this dump

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which is also causing havoc. Gerald's trained eye

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means he's immediately got a good idea what's been going on.

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Cable theft in Doncaster is really prevalent.

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They're coming to places like this and burning the copper out of it.

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This is what you've got here. This is all cable residue.

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This is really bad in Doncaster at the moment.

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This mess of cable is the result of a very dangerous criminal trend -

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the theft of miles of signal and points cabling

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from Britain's railways, nicked to get to the copper inside.

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It's causing millions of pounds' worth of damage

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to the rail network, and is a danger to the public

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and the idiots who perpetrate the crime.

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But the rewards are that great. The price of copper is sky high.

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I mean, for a ton of copper, it's about £6,000.

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So, I mean, the rewards are very good,

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and that's why it's happening all the time.

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When Gerald comes across evidence like this,

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he immediately alerts British Transport Police.

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They'll check what cable they've burned, cos they can identify it

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even after it's been burned. They'll be arrested for it.

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The fallout for the environment is immense.

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I mean, the fumes off that are absolutely horrendous.

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As you can see, you're right in the middle of the country.

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You've got horses right next to it, you know what I mean?

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Disgusting! With several clues found,

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it's time for this friendly looking gizmo to spring to life.

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We try and get a good shot of the fly-tipping,

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and then we can use that as CCTV footage,

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or we can take stills off that,

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just to support the evidence that we've found today.

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Finally, it's important that the rubbish is cleared

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before more filthy rotten scoundrels add to the unpleasant pile.

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Gerald knows only too well that litter attracts litter.

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If people see it's been cleared, they'll be thinking twice.

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"We might get caught tipping here." If it's never cleared away,

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they'll continue to tip here cos they'll think it's easy to do, so they'll get away with it.

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But hopefully we'll catch them one day.

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Coming up, while Louise and Gerald finish off the official business,

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the unofficial cavalry is riding out.

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They come down here cos they think it's quite isolated,

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and nobody's going to see them putting the rubbish out.

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But they haven't accounted for me, Inch High Private Eye,

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who don't miss anything, in my house there.

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Well, from Inch High Private Eye to a one-man litter Terminator.

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Let me introduce you to Stuart McDonald,

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a lovely guy who dedicates every day to cleaning up the mess

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some filthy rotten scoundrels see fit to leave behind.

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This is North Kesteven in Lincolnshire,

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and Stuart works for the council here.

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His job is to clear up after the scoundrels

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who just dump their rubbish anywhere they see fit.

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And he's a busy man!

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This area alone has between 70 and 100 incidents of fly-tipping

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every single month.

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I don't think there's any need for it at all.

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There's lots of landfill sites. They can take them there free of charge,

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but for some reason they seem to think that it's better

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to tip it down a country lane.

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I haven't got a very high opinion of them, really.

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Neither do we, Stuart, believe me.

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Every day Stuart has a list of places

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where a new fly tip has been reported,

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each one evidence of a thoughtless, selfish rogue.

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He rolls up his sleeves and tidies up after them -

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nothing fancy, just pure hard graft.

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The public has phoned in

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saying there's some brick rubble been dropped off

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down a pathway, I think it is.

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It might be something we can pick up now. If there's a lot of it,

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it might need a JCB or a wheelbarrow.

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It looks like an old toilet system or sinks or something, broke up.

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Seems like someone's thrown everything out with the bathwater,

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and they couldn't be bothered to take these ceramics

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and bits of bathroom rubbish to the landfill site

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just a short drive away. Now it's Stuart's job

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to try and shift this lot onto the lorry, all by himself.

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I knew it'd do that.

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Clearly it's going to be that kind of day.

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Ah, some days it does tend to make you a little bit cross,

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cos I can't see there's any need for it,

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but try not to think of it too much, or you'd be angry all day every day.

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And he's not one to cut corners, old Stuart.

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Ever the perfectionist, he's out with the old dustpan and brush,

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any bin man's best friend. Good man, Stuart!

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It's exhausting work, but there's no time for Stuart to recover.

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He's straight onto job number two.

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Let's hope this is an easier one.

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What have we got here? A big telly for a start,

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some plant pots...

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Looks like an old rug of some sort.

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Football, Manchester United.

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Perhaps someone's doing up their front room.

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Anything you fancy taking back to your place, Stuart?

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I've never taken anything home from this job,

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because, one, you're not supposed to take it home,

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and another, there's nothing you'd really want,

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the stuff we pick up. HE LAUGHS

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Certainly wouldn't want that!

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More of a Sleaford Town fan, eh?

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Well, that's blown it. It really isn't Stuart's day.

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The screen's gone. That's a good old thickness, that is. Crikey!

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Oh, but look at that! At least the filthy fly-tippers

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have left a hoover for you, Stuart. That could come in handy!

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No? Well, at least the old dustpan and brush are still reliable.

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Another one done.

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And it's back on the lorry to head off for the next tip for Stuart.

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No rest for the wicked here!

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I could not stand stopping in one place all the time,

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being stuck in an office. You get out in the lorry,

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and you're going round the countryside.

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OK, it's not always a very nice job, some of the stuff you're picking up.

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OK, you're in horrible weather sometimes,

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if it's raining or snowing. You get a bit mucky

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and you get stung now and again by the odd bee or the odd wasp,

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but, you know,

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in general, it's better than being stuck in an office or a factory.

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Life on the open road, eh? Sounds good to me!

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Shame Stuart's got so many stops to get in, all in one day.

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I think it could be these sheds... Oh, I'm right.

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I was just going to say I think it's these sheds,

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cos this is one of the favourite spots.

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They tend to tip down this lane.

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Will you look at that? How considerate!

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About time our Stuart had a little sit-down.

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What we've got here, we've got a couple of settees

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and some bits of boarding, by the look of it.

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I don't know whether it's an old piece of a shed. I don't know what it is.

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I think this might be a common spot because you can get off the road

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a fair bit here, and sort of hide a little bit

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behind the side of these buildings.

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And hopefully... And there's not too much traffic down this road,

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so hopefully the people who tip it will think they're not going to be spotted.

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Can I just point out that this is full-on, backbreaking work for Stuart?

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Did whoever dumped this think about who'd have to clear it all up?

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It's left to Stuart to load these sofas on to the van himself.

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I salute you, mate.

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The reason people would throw a sofa, I think, like this,

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would be they've just purchased a new one,

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and instead of getting someone to take it to a landfill site,

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they've, er...

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decided to, er...tip it in the countryside.

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"Sofa", not so good, then, Stuart. Sorry. I couldn't resist that one.

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But it's really not funny. Sofas are heavy and hard to lift,

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and Stuart's still only on job two of a long day.

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We'll be back with him later, when he shows he's got brains as well as brawn.

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Hmm, interesting! I've got a picture of somebody,

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and a name and address.

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Now, a treat for you gadget fans.

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Ever had the feeling someone's watching you?

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Well, if you've been hanging around in Middlesbrough town centre,

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chances are someone is.

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It's not exactly Big Brother,

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but Middlesbrough was the first place in the UK

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to introduce multiple CCTV cameras in the '90s,

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and now they're staffed 24/7, 365 days a year.

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And we're not only talking about your common-or-garden CCTV here.

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The 21 cameras that monitor Middlesbrough's night spots

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have all been fitted with speakers

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so that this kind of thing can happen.

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Will the gentleman leaving the Crown please pick up the litter he's just dropped?

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It's a high-tech answer to Middlesbrough's litter problem.

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It's a good idea, because obviously it's letting people know

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there is people watching them.

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CCTV cameras are a good idea in the towns, and it's always good.

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It helps people feel safe and secure.

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I was actually with a group of people

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when the first sound came out of the Tannoy system,

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and it said, "Would you mind picking that litter up?"

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and everyone was looking to see where this voice was coming from,

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and this young kid had picked the paper up and put it in the bin!

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Security-and-surveillance manager Jack Bonnar

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reckons the speaker-cameras have made all the difference,

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and we're about to show you a selection of incidents

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from the past few months.

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The operator in the control room witnesses the offence

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and then speaks directly to the person itself.

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Would the young man mind picking the balloon up, please?

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Hang on. I didn't even see that!

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Clearly nothing gets past our eagle-eyed control-room operator.

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Can we have a rewind, please?

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The young man standing in the middle is about to flick a balloon

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onto the floor.

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Nobody likes to be pointed out. Nobody likes to be picked up,

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and it's a bit of a shock, a surprise to them.

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To the young man climbing now, would you mind picking the balloon up

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that you've just thrown away?

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And this then changes the perception of,

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"Well, yes, why have I done it?"

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And usually... 90 to 95 percent of the time,

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they comply with our wishes.

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Well done, lad. Best you do the right thing.

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And how great is this? Now they're all tidying up!

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This really does work.

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Thank you very much.

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Staff in the CCTV control room are also in radio contact

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with enforcement officers on the ground,

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Phil Armitage and Lee Hooker.

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Tonight, it seems all kinds of responsible behaviour

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have gone up in a big old puff of smoke.

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Here, this man in a black T-shirt

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is busy talking to our enforcement officer, Lee,

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and yet he throws his cigarette butt on the floor

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right there and then.

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What a cheeky chap! Time for another action replay.

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Just watch his right hand as he flicks his butt onto the floor.

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Well, something's tickled him,

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but maybe an £80 fine will wipe the smile off his face.

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Oh, dear! Lee hasn't spotted the offence.

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Just as well the control-room operator has his eyes peeled.

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These guys pick up the smallest misdemeanour

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without the aid of our action replays

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or me rabbiting on about what's about to happen.

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It's impressive stuff!

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-Yeah, CP 30. Go ahead.

-"Yeah, this is CCTV."

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Luckily the operator can radio through straight away

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and let the officers know about the offence they've missed.

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What, one of the chaps we spoke to?

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That lad you were talking to. He's threw his fag on the floor.

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They direct Lee to the friendly faced fag-thrower

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in a nearby night club.

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Jack, Lee's just having a word with the chap now.

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Oh, no! The walk of shame.

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Hiya!

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Just look at those shoulders!

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It's like the weight of the world is on them.

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It's not that bad, mate! Just pick it up and put it in the bin.

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Yeah. As I said, all you got to do is put it in the...

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Thank you.

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Yeah. Thank the gentleman very much for carrying that out.

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LAUGHTER

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Yeah, roger that, Jack. I think Lee's just done the same,

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and he's just shook my hand and said sorry as he's gone past.

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And it isn't just those who are out getting slightly sozzled

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who seem to lose the ability to put things in the bin.

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A licensed taxi driver is having a break

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in the back of a colleague's car.

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Nothing wrong in that. It's a long night.

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But what's he doing? Chucking your dinner box out the door

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has never been part of any Highway Code that I can remember.

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Luckily the control room can see where the offender works,

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and his registration plate.

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In the end, he admitted on two separate offences

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and paid £160 in fines.

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I expect he'll be needing a few good fares

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to make up for that. Taxi!

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We'll be back on the town in Middlesbrough again later,

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when Jack's team suddenly spot a sinister drop-off.

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He's just put something down there, hasn't he?

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We're back on patrol with Jackie Dusi.

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It's people like this who are putting the Great back into Britain.

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She's certainly fed up to the back teeth of fly-tippers,

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and isn't afraid to show it.

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Right.

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We're now approaching the area where most of the dumping occurs.

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This is Jackie's patch,

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and woe betide anyone who thinks they can outwit her.

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They belt down here all hours of day and night.

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Last night at one o'clock I saw a van coming down.

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Now, if I'm in the house, I tend to follow them down.

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I've got an incident book which I write things in,

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and report it to the council. In fact, whenever I ring the council,

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they must think, "Oh, it's that woman again."

0:20:450:20:48

"She's nothing but a pest." But I'm a afraid I'm a bit dogmatic and keep on with it.

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Quite right, Jackie!

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This kind of tireless and quite frankly ingenious sleuthing

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is invaluable.

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We see the dumpers coming down here. We follow them in the truck

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or in the Land Rover, and they see us coming,

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and they escape at the other end, or, if it's a tip-up truck,

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they put the back up and they drop the rubbish as they go,

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so there's not a lot we can do about that.

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She says that, but you can be sure the council get a call

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with the registration number of the offending vehicle.

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Hi. It's Jackie Dusi, Dockhills Farm, Arksey.

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And you won't be surprised to hear that Jackie has a fitting punishment

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for anyone caught dumping.

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They ought to send them into the community -

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not only fine them, send them out clearing up litter, any litter.

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There's plenty of litter about just walking round the streets.

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A swift clip around the ear with your incident book, eh, Jackie?

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Further on down the lane, Gerald and Louise have come across a fly tip

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which is bound to get Jackie seeing red, and who can blame her?

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What's that? They've set that on fire.

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That looks like Fred's field, that.

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No regard whatsoever. The farmer's got to use this lane

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to get to his fields.

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They've no respect for anybody. It's absolutely disgusting.

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Even Gerald seems shocked by this one.

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You can see here how bad it is for cables, cable theft.

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That's all cable sleeves.

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It's another outrageous dump,

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but it's thrown up a very useful clue.

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Have you a bit of evidence?

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Not bad at all! This could be fly-tipping gold dust.

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We've just found a registration plate,

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just next to the fly-tipping.

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There's a chance that it's not linked,

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but there is a chance that it might be associated with the vehicle

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that's been in the area dumping rubbish.

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Louise gets straight onto the phone to the police

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to see if she can find out any more.

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All right. That's lovely. Thanks ever so much. Bye-bye.

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It is a white Mercedes Sprinter vehicle,

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so there is a possibility

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that it might be something to do with the tipping that's here.

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What we'll do is, we'll actually just submit this

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with the evidence that we've found in the area

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to the FLAG team, and they can look into this further.

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Any lead is encouraging in the face of this depressing sea of rubbish.

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As you've seen for yourself, the amount of fly-tipping here's horrendous.

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And this is regular here. And it's the poor farmer

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who's got to pick up the bill for all this. It's just not fair, is it?

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Yes, I bet that farmer feels as though he's been dumped on

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from a great height. The good news from this mess

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is that Gerald and Louise have three good pieces of evidence

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to pass on to the environmental-investigation team.

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Not a bad couple of hours' work!

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Jackie's also clocked the new dump,

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and it's all a bit too close to home.

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Again, you know, this is nearly on my doorstep.

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We farm in this area. If this was our field,

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and we've got to come round with the combine, I wouldn't be pleased.

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It's so close to my house that I could actually cry, when I see this,

0:23:530:23:57

because it's such a mess! We don't need this.

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You know, would these people that are dumping it

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like to look out of their house and see all this mess?

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And that's the point, isn't it? No-one wants to look at this lot.

0:24:060:24:10

But whoever's doing this illegal dumping

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just doesn't think, or doesn't care.

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And there's bits of wire, some old stepladders,

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bricks...

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All stuff that could be taken to the dumping site.

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It's disgusting, isn't it? Just imagine walking along here

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with your kids on a nice sunny afternoon!

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"Come on, kids. We'll go out for a walk." And that's what you see.

0:24:290:24:32

But this is where things become more sinister,

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because Jackie thinks these heaps of waste

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could have been deliberately put there

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to stop people accessing the area because there's other wrongdoings going on.

0:24:390:24:44

Hmm, typical! That's a car being burnt off,

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or more wire being burnt off. You can tell that with the black smoke

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that's coming up.

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Is it the railway robbers burning off more casings from copper wire?

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Whatever it is, it's definitely unwelcome.

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We're back with our hero of the hour, Stuart McDonald,

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on his cheerful mission to clear up after the filthy rotten scoundrels

0:25:060:25:09

of Lincolnshire. His last job saw him manhandling two sofas

0:25:090:25:13

onto the back of his lorry - no cushy number,

0:25:130:25:16

but at least they haven't got sharp edges.

0:25:160:25:19

Stuart often has far more dangerous items to deal with.

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You got to be very careful. If you sometimes come across

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a pile of clothes on the floor, you don't know what's inside.

0:25:260:25:29

It could be just old kiddies' toys or teddies that's wrapped inside them,

0:25:290:25:33

but we also sometimes move stuff and there's the odd needle

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on the floor. And it could be because it's a diabetic.

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It's not forced to be drug related.

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So you have to be a bit careful when you're handling the bags.

0:25:420:25:46

Wiser words have never been spoken. And only just in time!

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Look at what Stuart's picked up at his third stop.

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Knife. Not very nice, that is.

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Yes, you have to watch what you pick up on this job, I'm afraid.

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Crikey, you can say that again!

0:26:000:26:03

I gashed my hand open once with, er...

0:26:030:26:05

I think it was, like, either an old sink

0:26:050:26:08

or an old pedestal or something that had been smashed,

0:26:080:26:12

and it was, like, sharp as a razor.

0:26:120:26:14

And it just went right down to the bone.

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When I first started, I was a bit more worried

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about what you could come across,

0:26:210:26:23

but I think I just take it in my stride now.

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Stuart, you're the personification of taking it in your stride.

0:26:270:26:30

People of Lincolnshire, you should be very proud of what this man does every day.

0:26:300:26:35

But surely there's some things even a hardened rubbish man

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would hate to have to pick up.

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I wouldn't like to come across body parts.

0:26:420:26:44

I never have done, and I hope I never do.

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Sometimes you come across bags of dog waste,

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and that's not very good.

0:26:490:26:52

Seems like the job is just full of hazards,

0:26:520:26:55

and handling wayward wildlife, it seems,

0:26:550:26:58

is just par for the course.

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I've found a bee, but I don't want to kill it.

0:26:590:27:02

I like bees, but not when they sting.

0:27:020:27:04

I got to get him out.

0:27:040:27:06

Oh, he's gone. HE CHUCKLES

0:27:090:27:12

Oh, I'm pleased he's gone.

0:27:130:27:15

But the relief is short-lived. Our buzzy little buddy is back,

0:27:150:27:19

and gets his revenge for being evicted. Poor old Stuart!

0:27:190:27:23

That's got to hurt.

0:27:230:27:25

I think I've got stung. Yes, it feels like it.

0:27:250:27:28

I got stung three times last year,

0:27:280:27:30

twice on the same day, by the same wasp or bee.

0:27:300:27:33

It feels like something's been down my T-shirt

0:27:330:27:36

and stung me all up the side. Probably got me a few times

0:27:360:27:39

before it dropped out.

0:27:390:27:42

Unbelievable!

0:27:420:27:44

If ever a man didn't deserve this, it's our Stuart.

0:27:440:27:47

But, true to form, he's undeterred and keeps on trucking.

0:27:470:27:51

When I first started this job,

0:27:510:27:53

I didn't seem to think

0:27:530:27:55

that I could ever think that I'm proud of what I'm doing,

0:27:550:27:58

but I suppose the longer I've done it,

0:27:580:28:00

I think that's sort of altered a little bit.

0:28:000:28:03

If I can pick this stuff up, which we do every week,

0:28:030:28:07

and it's making the area a lot better for people

0:28:070:28:10

to drive round and walk round,

0:28:100:28:12

then I suppose I should take a bit of pride in that, really,

0:28:120:28:16

because it does make a difference to certain people.

0:28:160:28:18

Some people don't care if they live in a pigsty.

0:28:180:28:21

You should be proud. You're doing a sterling job, Stuart.

0:28:210:28:25

Oh, some polythene, black bags,

0:28:320:28:35

er, an old...

0:28:350:28:37

rabbit hutch or something.

0:28:370:28:40

Just spotted some more. It looks like an old settee,

0:28:480:28:52

or chairs, or something.

0:28:520:28:55

That's ridiculous - leaving a pile like that ruining our countryside.

0:28:550:28:59

I wonder how often these refuse rascals actually get caught.

0:28:590:29:02

Sometimes you come across letters to help you,

0:29:020:29:07

but, er, not very often.

0:29:070:29:10

Hang on a minute! Is that what I think it is?

0:29:150:29:18

Hmm, interesting!

0:29:180:29:20

I've got a picture of somebody, and a name and address.

0:29:200:29:24

Whether that's the person who's tipped it, we don't know,

0:29:240:29:27

but looks like a CV. It looks very strange to see that.

0:29:270:29:31

And then, if they are responsible for what I've just picked up,

0:29:310:29:34

it don't seem to go with it.

0:29:340:29:36

"I am a motivated individual who is conscientious and determined."

0:29:360:29:42

"I feel I am a very practical person with lots of common sense."

0:29:420:29:47

Um, I hate to point out the obvious, but not really common sense

0:29:470:29:50

to allow your picture, name and address to be found

0:29:500:29:53

next to a pile of fly-tipped rubbish.

0:29:530:29:55

So we'll put that in the cab

0:29:550:29:57

for Jenny or somebody to look at.

0:29:570:30:00

See what they can make of that.

0:30:010:30:03

Stuart's office get to send out warning letters

0:30:030:30:06

to people who leave ID at these types of fly tips.

0:30:060:30:09

Sometimes it leads to prosecutions,

0:30:090:30:11

although that didn't happen in this case.

0:30:110:30:14

Right. We've had a telly, a couple of sofas,

0:30:180:30:21

a broken toilet, an old shed, the Manchester United rug,

0:30:210:30:24

the CV, of course, and the remains of an armchair,

0:30:240:30:27

all off the streets.

0:30:270:30:29

Sounds like a good day's work by anyone's standards.

0:30:290:30:32

But Stuart's not quite done yet.

0:30:320:30:35

We're just going to the last job to see what's there.

0:30:350:30:38

I'm not sure what's there. It's a regular tipping place for us.

0:30:380:30:42

We get it fairly regular.

0:30:420:30:45

This site we're at at the moment, just down this passageway,

0:30:490:30:53

is a fairly regular one that we get every so many weeks.

0:30:530:30:56

Sometimes I think people sleep down there rough or something.

0:30:560:31:00

We've not come across any people,

0:31:000:31:03

but we often get boxes or old palettes or something,

0:31:030:31:06

so we'll see what there is today.

0:31:060:31:09

How does this man remain so cheerful?

0:31:090:31:12

Oh, right. Looks like we got some underlay or carpet or something here.

0:31:120:31:16

Er, not too bad. We've had worse here.

0:31:160:31:20

No, it's not too bad at all, this one,

0:31:200:31:23

which is good for the last job.

0:31:230:31:26

Well done, mate. Now, please get home for a cuppa

0:31:260:31:29

and put your feet up.

0:31:290:31:31

As Stuart eases into his slippers,

0:31:340:31:37

the youngsters of Middlesbrough are hitting the town

0:31:370:31:40

in their dancing shoes. But their every move is being monitored

0:31:400:31:43

by CCTV that answers back.

0:31:430:31:46

This is a public announcement. Members of the public are reminded

0:31:460:31:50

that littering attracts an £80 fine.

0:31:500:31:53

Keep Middlesbrough tidy. Thank you.

0:31:530:31:57

Nice try, Jack, but it seems your little litter reminder

0:31:570:32:00

has fallen on deaf ears this time.

0:32:000:32:03

Will the gentleman leaving the Crown please pick up the litter

0:32:030:32:07

he's just dropped?

0:32:070:32:09

Oh, no! Maybe he can't hear you,

0:32:090:32:11

or he's just too busy making friends with that lamp post.

0:32:110:32:15

The gentleman in the blue top with the white T-shirt on,

0:32:180:32:21

could you please pick up the litter that you've just dropped?

0:32:210:32:25

No, it's not your phone, doughnut!

0:32:250:32:27

It's the speaker on the camera talking to you.

0:32:270:32:30

Will the gentleman near the Crown please pick up the litter

0:32:300:32:33

he's just dropped? Testing. Testing.

0:32:330:32:38

Oh, dear! There might be a technology failure here.

0:32:400:32:43

Either that, or the litterbug is just too drunk to respond.

0:32:430:32:46

And he's at it again.

0:32:490:32:51

Well, we've got sufficient evidence to publish that face.

0:32:510:32:55

We're not just talking about a "wanted" poster here.

0:32:550:32:58

Jack's team regularly publish photos of offenders in the local paper.

0:32:580:33:03

And if this blotto'd bin-dodger is identified,

0:33:030:33:06

he'll face an £80 fine.

0:33:060:33:08

I suspect that will make it the most expensive kebab he's ever eaten.

0:33:080:33:12

The big offence was littering.

0:33:120:33:14

He discarded the food wrappers that he'd been eating from.

0:33:140:33:18

As you can see, it's still scattered across the road.

0:33:180:33:21

And what the offender won't realise

0:33:210:33:24

is that his litter has turned the pavement

0:33:240:33:26

into a tricky obstacle course for this young man.

0:33:260:33:29

Now, here's a dustbin dodger with a difference.

0:33:310:33:34

This young man is about to throw his empty bottle on the ground.

0:33:340:33:37

Can the young lad who's just discarded the empty bottle

0:33:370:33:40

please pick it up?

0:33:400:33:43

There you go. It must feel good to do the right thing.

0:33:450:33:48

Well done. Now, hang on a minute. What's he doing?

0:33:480:33:51

It can't take that long to put a bottle in the bin.

0:33:510:33:54

Oh, I see. It's thirsty work, is it?

0:33:540:33:57

He's found a can of drink in the dustbin

0:33:570:33:59

that he's happy to dispose of - straight down his throat!

0:33:590:34:03

Ugh, you don't know whose chops have been around that,

0:34:030:34:05

or what's in it.

0:34:050:34:07

We've had some beautiful reactions from the participants -

0:34:070:34:11

one gentleman urinating, tried to tuck himself away,

0:34:110:34:15

urinated down his leg but ran away laughing,

0:34:150:34:17

and his friend then turned round, looked at us and told us,

0:34:170:34:20

"I love you." We did say, "Thank you very much."

0:34:200:34:24

And it seems he wasn't the only one feeling the love in Middlesbrough town centre.

0:34:260:34:30

Here we see the perfect end to a perfect romantic evening -

0:34:300:34:34

a little good-night kiss. But, oh, we seem to have missed something.

0:34:340:34:39

I'm sure that takeaway box must have just slipped from her hand

0:34:420:34:45

in the heat of the moment. Could this be some kind of mating ritual

0:34:450:34:49

where the woman throws her wrapper at her suitor's feet

0:34:490:34:53

to claim her man? No - just another example

0:34:530:34:57

of lazy littering, then.

0:34:570:34:58

Could the female in a light T-shirt

0:34:580:35:01

outside of Darlington Building Society

0:35:010:35:03

pick your rubbish up and place it in the bin, please?

0:35:030:35:06

-Well done, madam.

-Thank you very much.

0:35:060:35:09

The team say nearly all the litterbugs do as they're told

0:35:090:35:13

when they're caught red-handed. But for some,

0:35:130:35:16

the cameras still seem a bit too intrusive.

0:35:160:35:18

Is it Big Brother? No, it is not.

0:35:180:35:21

The speakers, as are the CCTV,

0:35:210:35:24

are only directed to the people who are committing an offence.

0:35:240:35:28

It's the minority that cause the antisocial behaviour.

0:35:280:35:31

It's the minority that drop litter

0:35:310:35:33

and cause the expense of people having to clean it up.

0:35:330:35:36

The cameras are here for one specific purpose,

0:35:360:35:39

and that's to ensure that the law is upheld,

0:35:390:35:42

and we can provide the evidence for that.

0:35:420:35:44

And from tricksy takeaway littering to more dicey drop-offs.

0:35:440:35:49

It isn't all about people dropping rubbish and fag butts.

0:35:490:35:52

The CCTV operators have to be on the lookout

0:35:520:35:55

for things that are far more sinister, too.

0:35:550:35:58

This looks very dodgy, as the man on the bike rides up

0:35:580:36:01

and carefully places a suspicious package on the ground.

0:36:010:36:05

He's just put something down there, hasn't he?

0:36:080:36:10

A drug deal? Laundered money? An illegal small pet?

0:36:100:36:15

In fact, the officers on the ground discover

0:36:150:36:17

that the man has just left a broken umbrella on the pavement. Phew!

0:36:170:36:21

But why do it? Put it in the bin, man! There's plenty around.

0:36:210:36:24

But these cameras have helped to stamp out more than just littering.

0:36:240:36:28

Antisocial behaviour has decreased significantly in the area

0:36:280:36:32

since the cameras have been around.

0:36:320:36:34

But, like in any large night spot

0:36:340:36:37

where there's the heady cocktail of young people and alcohol mixing,

0:36:370:36:41

there's always going to be the odd flare-up.

0:36:410:36:44

Oh, another one being thrown out - literally!

0:36:440:36:46

HE LAUGHS

0:36:460:36:49

Pictures of the young troublemaker here were made available

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to the police. So, is it worth it?

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The cameras have cost the council about £60,000.

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But they can offset that against the cost

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of the six mechanical road-sweepers they've now retired

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thanks to cleaner streets.

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Since 2006, we now have no mechanical road-sweepers,

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which has saved the town somewhere in the region

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of about £100,000, £120,000,

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and the town centre's certainly been cleaned up, and cleaned up a lot.

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That's a great result, and if it saves money too,

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who can complain? I have a feeling plenty of other councils

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will soon be saying, "Lights, camera, action."

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You are being monitored by CCTV.

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We've seen the evidence gathering.

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It clearly shows a name and address. We can attach this as evidence,

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so that hopefully somebody can be prosecuted.

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We've seen the dusk patrols.

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They'll start coming up the lane, doing the fly-tipping,

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so I'm usually about watering my plants

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and keeping an eye on what's going off.

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Now it's time to get technical and bring in the hidden cameras.

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Environmental-enforcement officer Rob

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wants to take this anti-dumping operation up a gear

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by training a camera on the area. He's hoping his tactic

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will nail the villains responsible for using the Balk as a tip.

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I want to get the cameras put out on this particular lane

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so that I can ensure that if anybody comes down here now,

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in the next few days we'll capture them coming down

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and fly-tipping, and obviously that'll help us

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to get a prosecution up.

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He's pinpointed exactly where the camera can pick up the most action.

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There's only one way in and one way out of this area,

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and possibly we'll get them coming back out

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once they've dumped the waste, so we need to get material results

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on the back of the wagon, the registration of the vehicle,

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hopefully make and model,

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and hopefully also the description of the people who are doing it.

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CCTV evidence is the gold that can really skewer these dirty rotten scoundrels,

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because it's very difficult to argue that it wasn't you

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if you've been captured breaking the law in glorious Technicolor.

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So now I'm just going to put this camera onto this area here,

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which is the branch of a tree.

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It'll look right out onto the lane.

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Rob's banking on it working

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where countless patrols, investigations and warning signs have not.

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This is a last resort. We've now got authorisation

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to put these cameras in, and hopefully we'll get some good results

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from this camera, and that'll help us with the prosecution.

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I'll be coming back tomorrow to see what it's captured.

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Fingers crossed, this little piece of technology

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catches the rotters red-handed, and all this dumping will stop.

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For the clean-up team who've just arrived at the Balk,

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it's all a bit too much like Groundhog Day.

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It's just a never-ending job. They can clear this today,

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and it'll be exactly the same again next week. Yeah.

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Yeah, it's a popular spot.

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Oh, it's frustrating.

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The trouble is, it's not just here. It's the whole borough.

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This down here, it can range from asbestos...

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We've even had, like, dead animals we've had to pick up.

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It's everything in general. Many a time when we come down here,

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we never know what to expect, to be honest.

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It's like Carl just said. Last year we shifted 22 ton in one day.

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22 tons of illegally dumped rubbish in a single day!

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This is a serious business. Today's tips are so large,

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Rob's had to call in a truck with a grabber.

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Looks like we're going to have to come back again

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because there's that much of it. There must be at least a ton of waste

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in this particular area.

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And that's not cheap,

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and it all goes on the taxpayer's bill in the end.

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Does keep us in a job, but at the end of the day, we pay taxes as well,

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and it's coming out of our money as well,

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and, er, sometimes it can be a thankless job,

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because you can come down, clear the lane...

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It'll look totally nice and clear, and you can come two days later -

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boom, it's been hit again.

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It would be brilliant if the CCTV did catch the wrongdoers,

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and if it did, no-one would be more delighted than Jackie Dusi.

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I've lived in this area for 38 years,

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and I love the area, and it upsets me greatly

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when, um...I can't use the facilities in the countryside.

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One day later, and Rob is back to the Balk

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to check his concealed camera is doing its stuff.

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So I'm just having a look at that now.

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I'm quite pleased with that, to be quite honest.

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That's a really good view. See what we get.

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Um... Looks like it might be the farmer.

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He's going into his field. What I'm liking about this

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is that this camera is actually capturing that quite nicely.

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That gives me a lot of hope that when we do get a fly-tipper down here,

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and they dump the waste on this lane,

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we'll capture that image of that registration,

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so that's excellent news for us.

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So far, so good. It's all working,

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and in prime position to capture dumpers sneaking up the lane.

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Now it's back in the bush to replace the card in the camera.

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Yeah. Starting to feel a bit like Ray Mears now in these bushes.

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I think you're on to something, Rob. If the CCTV doesn't work,

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maybe you should start camping down here -

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whatever it takes to stamp out this filthy rotten crime

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and give this country lane back to the people who want to walk,

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ride, and farm their land.

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Every week of the year, dedicated teams are working hard

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across our villages, towns and cities,

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determined to clean up the streets of Britain.

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Join us next time,

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when we'll be chasing down more filthy rotten scoundrels.

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This episode takes a look at talking CCTV in Middlesbrough that publicly tells off people who drop litter in the street. Also featured are the farmer's wife on a mission to stop the prolific fly-tippers constantly blocking the country lanes around her house; and the relentless work of one council worker in Lincolnshire, who dedicates every day to cleaning up other people's rubbish.