DURHAM FLY TIPPING: Hefty fines handed out to fly tippers in County Durham
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Durham fly tipping - hefty fines handed out
Two men have been ordered to pay legal costs totalling more than £3,000 after admitting to flytipping building waste in two separate cases in County Durham.
Durham County Council received a report of flytipping at Morton House, Morton Grange, Fencehouses in August last year, after waste was dumped on a bridleway, blocking access to nearby houses. Officers were able to obtain CCTV footage showing a white flatbed van travelling past the entrance to a local property, carrying a large amount of building waste, which matched the waste that was on the bridleway.
A further complainant was able to provide the registration number of the vehicle, with the details showing 25-year-old Josh Wilfred Hall, of Sheriff Moor Avenue, Easington Lane, Houghton-le-Spring to be the owner.
The council was able to seize the vehicle and at Peterlee Magistrates Court, Hall pleaded guilty to flytipping and using his vehicle to do so.
He was fined £320 and ordered to pay legal and investigation costs of £1,320 and a £34 victim surcharge, totalling £1674. In a separate case at Peterlee Magistrates Court, Ryan Whittington admitted to flytipping
building waste on land at North East Industrial Estate in Peterlee.
A neighbourhood warden discovered the waste in April last year and was able to review CCTV footage from the location to identify the vehicle. When officers then saw the same vehicle while they were on patrol in Seaham just over
two weeks later, the 28-year-old admitted that he owned the vehicle and had been the driver.
Whittington, from Buddle Close in Peterlee, was fined £984 and ordered to pay £331 in legal costs and a £98 victim surcharge, totalling £1,413. Ian Hoult, Durham County Council’s neighbourhood protection manager, said: “In the last
month alone, we have prosecuted eight people including these two, for fly-tipping offences.
We hope these fines serve as yet another reminder that we take all reports of fly tipping within County Durham extremely seriously and that anyone responsible for dumping their waste will be held to account.
“There is no excuse for flytipping, particularly when there are many ways to dispose of your waste responsibly, including by taking unwanted items for free to any of our household waste recycling centres.
“We continue to do all we can to tackle this issue and would appeal to anyone who has
witnessed fly-tipping to report the incident and come forward with information.”
For more information on flytipping and how to report it, visit www.durham.gov.uk/flytipping
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