Thetford fly-tipper fined by Breckland Council
A Thetford man has been fined £300 by Breckland Council after illegally dumping waste in Kilverstone Road, in the town.
After the man was interviewed under Police caution, the council's Enforcement Officer issued him with a fixed penalty notice of £300 for fly tipping.
It comes as the result of a successful investigation by the council, which was supported by public reports about the fly-tip.
The council's officer investigated the site and was able to link the waste to the offender, who had left household waste and clothes near a wooded glade, rather taking it to the nearby recycling centre.
Cllr Alison Webb, Executive Member for Housing, Health and Environment at Breckland Council, said: "Fly-tipping is illegal and a serious environmental crime that harms the countryside and costs taxpayers money to clear up.
"The council has a zero tolerance approach towards fly-tipping and we will not hesitate to take action to make sure people pay for their crimes and hopefully deter people who may consider doing this in the future.
"When inspecting the fly-tip, our staff found that all of the items dumped could have been taken to the local recycling centre for free.
"Since receiving the fine, the fly-tipper has voluntary agreed to take part in a community litter pick, which will certainly drive home how his actions have affected the local environment and we sincerely hope it change any future behaviour when dealing with his own household waste.”
Breckland Council is advising residents who discover a fly-tip to inform the council as quickly as possible, as this increases the chance of catching the culprits.
People hiring somebody to take waste away for them should make sure they are legitimate and have a waste carrier's license.
This will avoid your chance of hiring a rogue trader who may not dispose of the material responsibly and leave you equally responsible for the fly tip.
Householders are being encouraged to be particularly wary of businesses that only operate through social media or those who come to their door offering to take away rubbish cheaply. Residents can report suspected fly-tipping online at www.breckland.gov.uk/flytip or contact the council direct.