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Thetford man handed £600 fine and warning after car parts fly tipped

A Thetford man has been fined £600 after car parts were dumped in woodland.

Breckland Council was alerted to the significant fly tip by the Forestry Commission in January and were later able to link the parts to a car owner in Ipswich.

The man confirmed that he had sold the vehicle containing the parts to a Thetford man in 2019.

Car parts were dumped in woodland (36449878)
Car parts were dumped in woodland (36449878)

The new car owner was interviewed under caution but claimed he was not directly responsible as 'unknown men' had purchased the scrap parts from him prior to them being dumped.

But the owner's failure to document the transaction or identify the men meant he was found legally responsible for failing to appropriately manage the disposal of his waste, for which he was fined £300.

The man also admitted to transporting scrap waste without a waste carrier's licence, for which he was fined a further £300.

Car parts were dumped in woodland (36449880)
Car parts were dumped in woodland (36449880)

He was also handed a written warning after he admitted to carrying out repair works on vehicles without the relevant permission or licence.

Cllr Gordon Bambridge, Breckland Council’s executive member for environmental services and public protection, commented: “Rural fly tipping is a serious crime that the vast majority of our residents want to see stopped.

"Our Enforcement Team are taking serious action, alongside our partners like the Forestry Commission, to ensure the culprits are found and action is taken against them and to discourage people from considering fly tipping in the future.

"The vast majority of material we find fly tipped can be dealt with safely and for free using the local recycling centre. Finally, please remember if you are paying someone privately to take your waste away, always check for a waste carriers licence and get a full receipt, otherwise you could find yourself involved in a fly tipping investigation.”

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