Fly-tippers should be 'garrotted with their own intestines', Tory MP says

Ellen Manning

Fly-tippers should be ‘garrotted with their own intestines’, a Tory backbencher has suggested.

Sir Desmond Swayne made the suggestion amid calls for people who fly tip to face tougher punishments.

During environment questions, the MP for New Forest West in Hampshire, said: “The New Forest is being desecrated by people fly-tipping.

“Will she (Theresa Villers) have a word her colleagues in the Ministry of Justice to ensure that we’re more robust with respect to punishments? Perhaps garrotting them with their own intestines?”

DUSHANBE, TAJIKISTAN - FEBRUARY 17: British Minister of State for International Development Desmond Swayne meets Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon (not seen) during his official visit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on February 17, 2016. (Photo by Tajikistan Presidency Press Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Desmond Swayne suggested tougher punishments for fly-tippers (Picture: Getty)

Garrotting someone involved strangling them, often with a length of wire or cord, and originated as a method of execution in Spain.

Responding to Sir Desmond’s suggestion that it should be used on fly-tippers, Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers said: “Well, I wouldn’t go quite that far”.


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She added: “Certainly, in providing resources to the Environment Agency, we are absolutely determined to crack down on this deeply anti-social crime.

“And I hope the courts will view it seriously and inflict appropriate punishment.”

Piles of refuse, mainly plastic, abandoned amongst trees in urban woodland, West Midlands, UK.
Piles of refuse, mainly plastic, abandoned amongst trees in urban woodland, West Midlands, UK.

Fly-tipping currently incurs a maximum punishment of an unlimited fine and up to five years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court.

Ms Villiers said the Environment Bill will facilitate the introduction of waste tracking which would help law enforcement authorities crack down on fly-tipping.

Asked by North Warwickshire MP Craig Tracey how householders can avoid falling foul of waste collectors who go on to illegally dump waste, she said they can check using the carrier’s business name or their registration number against details on the Environment Agency website or by ringing the Environment Agency helpline.