Fly Swat team will tackle rubbish further afield

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A SCHEME to tackle fly-tipping in Boston has been extended to cover all of South Lincolnshire.

The multi-agency initiative, known as Operation Fly Swat, uses manpower from inmates at HM North Sea Camp Open Prison.

The scheme now encompasses a huge area around The Wash, from north of Boston down to Crowland, and from Sutton Bridge to west of Spalding. Two crews of prisoners, nearing the end of their sentences, now turn out from Monday to Friday to work in the two neighbouring areas as part of their rehabilitation and preparation for life in the community and a return to employment.

Since November, 2011, the Fly Swat team has recovered 187-tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish from the Boston area, including: 3,711 refuge black bags, 1,283 tyres, 305 televisions, 157 mattresses, 390 items of furniture, 390 settees and 59 fridges and freezers.