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Stowmarket man told to pay £3,600 after fly-tipping

Tom O'Connor was ordered to pay £3,600 after admitting to two instances of fly-tipping. (3205156)
Tom O'Connor was ordered to pay £3,600 after admitting to two instances of fly-tipping. (3205156)

A Stowmarket man has been told to pay £3,600 after admitting to two instances of fly-tipping last year.

Tom O’Connor, 27, of Fieldfare Close, was ordered to pay a £1000 fine, £100 victim surcharge and £2,500 in investigation and legal costs after fly-tipping along country lanes in June and October 2017.

The first incident took place in Ixworth Road, Walsham le Willows when he left cardboard waste in a lay-by. He then dumped black bin liners and boxes of household rubbish including food waste and soiled nappies along the roads and verges of Sandy Lane, Rectory Road and Bulls Road in Hemingstone.

In both cases, officers traced items to residents in Ipswich and Stoke Ash who had paid Mr O’Connor for his services as a waste collector.

Mr O’Connor was arrested by police in January on behalf of Mid Suffolk District Council. When interviewed under caution by council officers, he admitted having taken waste from both properties and dumping it.

Mr O’Connor did not give either householder a waste transfer note and admitted that he was not a registered waste carrier.

Cllr David Burn, cabinet member for environment, said: “Fly-tipping not only blights our countryside and communities, it also costs the taxpayer significant sums to clear it up. I hope this prosecution serves as a reminder that the Council takes incidents of fly-tipping extremely seriously and will take the firmest course of action, up to and including prosecution of offenders.

“This ruling also serves as a reminder to residents and businesses that they have a duty of care in ensuring their waste is disposed of properly and legally. Simply paying a third party such as 'man-with-a-van' to get rid of it for you without asking for proof they are registered to carry waste is not good enough.”

To find out more about how to prevent and report fly-tipping visit: www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/environment/street-care-and-cleansing/fly-tipping/

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