POLICE and councillors are clamping down as reports of flytipping have rocketed.

Allerdale Borough Council is collaborating on Operation Respect and is planning on tackling the mess that is being left in many beauty spots and multiple other areas round the county.

The operation is being officially launched this during the Great British Spring Clean and is being led by the Allerdale Local Focus Hub, a partnership between various organisations such as the police, councils, housing associations and charities.

All involved in the operation have published an open letter to the community highlighting the reasons why they’re coming together to support the initiative.

Fly-tipping is seen as an escalating issue, with 1,572 reports made to the council alone in 2020, compared to 1,304 the previous year. Thus, the problem has been referred to the Hub for a coordinated response.