Man admits flytipping charges

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A MAN who dumped household furniture on the side of the road on a housing estate has admitted to flytipping.

Scott Nevard, of Gonville Close, Mildenhall, tipped the items on College Heath Road in May last year.

He appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court last Thursday to plead guilty to flytipping and was given a one year conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £200.

At a previous hearing on February 21, Nevard told the same court that he had left the items on a grass verge on May 17 for his friend to collect and dispose of on his behalf.

The court heard that the dumped items included household waste and furniture from Nevard’s spare room that he had accumulated over 10 years.

Nevard said: “On a Tuesday night I decided I was going to take it out and put it in my backyard but I left it just outside the back gate.

“Two of my friends were coming to take it to down the dump. I was told they could do it in the near future.”

But Paul Weller, prosecuting on behalf of the council, told the court that the items had remained on the verge for ‘well over a week’.

The items were eventually taken away by council staff on May 25.

Mr Weller said: “The authority took the items away in the end at a cost to the public purse.”

His case was initially adjourned until last Thursday’s hearing.

In a statement, Tony Simmons, Forest Heath District Council’s member champion of street scene, waste and environment, said incidents of flytipping were taken very seriously.

“As well as a blight on the environment, it is a health hazard and a danger to the community and wildlife and we will prosecute anyone caught carrying out this illegal act.

“I would urge residents to be vigilant and contact our waste team on 01638 719284 if they witness any incidents of flytipping.”