Businessman is fined £2,500 for fly-tipping

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A BUSINESSMAN from Needham Market has been fined £2,500 after pleading guilty to fly-tipping.

Hassan Samani, of Stowmarket Road, originally pleaded not guilty to a charge of fly-tipping in Mendlesham last August, but changed his plea when he appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The fly-tipping incident was reported to Mid Suffolk District Council (MSDC) by a farmer working near the A140 in Mendlesham. Examination of the rubbish showed it had come from a Ladbrokes shop in Witham, Essex.

Investigations revealed that Samani, 47, had been responsible for stripping out the ex-betting shop which was now owned by his brother.

Samani was reported for failing to comply with his duty of care because he didn’t check that the people who removed the rubbish had either a waste management licence or a waste carrier’s licence. He was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £2,038 in court costs.

David Abbott, waste enforcement officer at MSDC, said: “People disposing of rubbish have a legal responsibility to ensure that it is disposed of responsibly. Getting a third party to dispose of your rubbish does not mean that you are no longer responsible and as you can see in the case of Mr Samani, it can be a very costly mistake.

“This is a timely reminder to local residents not to be tempted to pay a casual driver to take away any rubbish. If the rubbish is fly-tipped and it is traced back, the householder will be fined as well as the driver, so beware.”