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Three prosecuted for fly-tipping offences in West Suffolk

Court report

Court report

Three successful prosecutions have been brought against people for fly tipping in West Suffolk.

The cases, brought by Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council, were heard at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court today.

Two of the cases resulted from waste being given to third parties before subsequently being found fly tipped.

In both cases no checks had been made to establish if those third parties were registered to carry waste or where they were taking the waste for disposal.

Cllr Nigel Roman, Forest Heath District Council cabinet member for environment, said: “It is important that people are aware that the law reflects their responsibility in starving rogue traders of their source of waste. If you ask a trades person to dispose of waste on your behalf, you must ask to see their waste carriers licence and assure yourself that they will comply with the law. We thank the public for their support in stamping out fly tipping.”

DE Panels Ltd, of Watton, in Norfolk, was accused of duty of care offences when transferring controlled waste to a third party for disposal, which resulted in 40 paint tins being fly-tipped at Coney Weston.

Company director David Pariser pleaded guilty to both offences.

His company was fined £500 and ordered to pay the council’s costs of £612.50 and a victim surcharge of £50.

David Hines, of Mildenhall, was also accused of a duty of care offence when transferring controlled waste to a third party for disposal, which was then fly-tipped at Beck Row.

Hines pleaded guilty and was fined £300 and ordered to pay the council’s costs of £584.45 and a victim surcharge of £30.

The third case was brought against a fly-tipper.

Nigel McLaughlin, of Mildenhall, was accused of a fly-tipping offence carried out at Lakenheath on August 22, 2013, when he deposited a large quantity of books, cardboard boxes and a broken bookcase on land at Highbridge Gravel Drove, Lakenheath.

McLaughlin was fined £300 and ordered to pay the council’s costs of £400 and a victim surcharge of £30.

Cllr Peter Stevens, St Edmundsbury Borough Council cabinet member for environment, said: “Fly tipping is illegal, unsightly and unfair. It puts others to the substantial expense of clearing up the waste, the unnecessary contamination and making good.”

Residents can help by reporting fly tipping online at waste.management@westsuffolk.gov.uk or by calling the West Suffolk waste management department on 01284 757320.

 
 
 

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