Fly-tippers prosecuted for dumping in Quadring Fen and Gedney Drove End
Two fly-tippers have been ordered to pay a total of more than £2,300 after being prosecuted by South Holland District Council.
Jordan Hughes, of Queens Street, Sutton Bridge, pleaded guilty at Boston Magistrates' Court to offences relating to a fly-tip on Marsh Road, Gedney Drove End in June.
The incident saw Hughes employ a non-registered waste carrier to remove waste items, which were subsequently fly-tipped and then refuse to disclose the details of this person to assist in the investigation.
Hughes was charged under two sections of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 34 - for the employment of a non-registered carrier - and Section 108 for failure to assist in an investigation. He was ordered to pay a fine of £100, legal costs of £495.53 and a victim surcharge of £30. The total amount payable was £625.53.
This was followed by the prosecution of Jordan Cooper, of Bells Bridge, Holbeach St Johns. Cooper appeared before Boston magistrates on charges relating to a fly-tip on Quadring Fen in March. He has advertised his services as a waste remover and was paid to remove household waste from a property in Donington, which he subsequently fly-tipped.
He entered an early guilty plea and was charged with breaching Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act and not being a registered waste carrier. The court fined him £1,066, with a victim surcharge of £106 and ordered he pay the costs of £515.18, making a total payable of £1,687.18.
Cllr Roger Gambba-Jones, South Holland District Council portfolio holder for place, said: “Fly-tipping simply will not and cannot be tolerated in South Holland and it is always great when we are able to catch and successfully prosecute those responsible for blighting our towns, villages and countryside.
“Our enforcement officers work hard to tackle this important issue and bring offenders to justice and results such as these send an important message that we will continue to take action and not let people get away with it.
“It also reinforces the importance of residents letting us know about incidents of fly-tipping as quickly and with as much detail as possible. The more information and time we have, the more likely we are to find those responsible and punish them accordingly.”
Fly-tipping can be reported through South Holland District Council’s website, along with other environmental and anti-social behaviour issues, by visiting www.sholland.gov.uk/reportit.