Tipper fined for dumping waste near war memorial

Desert Rats annual open day and special celebrations for 65th anniversairy of victory in europe.  (arrived @ 2 and the service and poppy drop had already happened. sorry!)
Desert Rats annual open day and special celebrations for 65th anniversairy of victory in europe. (arrived @ 2 and the service and poppy drop had already happened. sorry!)

The chairman of a World War II veterans group has branded a fly-tipper’s actions as ‘despicable’ after he was fined more than £4,500.

Gordon McPhee, 47, from The Splashes, Swaffham, must pay magistrates £4,566 after he admitted dumping rubbish on land opposite the Desert Rats Memorial in Thetford Forest near Ickburgh.

Rod Scott, chairman of the Desert Rats Association, said fly-tipping on the site was ‘unthinkable’.

“I think it’s absolutely despicable. We keep the site clean and tidy - you couldn’t fill a crisp packet with rubbish on it.

“I’m not sure you could put in writing what I think of someone that would do that,” he said.

McPhee pleaded guilty to illegally depositing waste at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

He dumped the waste on April 3, in Forestry Commission land known as Howard’s Field.

He was tracked down by police through documents left in the rubbish he tipped, according to a Breckland Council spokeswoman.

Addresses found on the documents led officers to a recently vacated property in Weeting, where contractors were carrying out work.

The contractors told police they had paid £400 to McPhee, who had offered to dispose of waste for them.

To report an incident of fly-tipping, call Breckland Council on 01362 656870.