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Fly-tipper is Fined £1,000

Published: 19th February 2019 12:37

A fly-tipper who dumped bags of rubbish in the street has been hit with a £1,000 fine in court.

Kevin Wright drove to Fawcett Road, Southsea last July and dumped about 10 bags of builders' waste and household rubbish from a flat clearance.

But he was spotted by a resident who had a private security camera fitted on his home. It filmed Wright taking the bags from his car.

The resident contacted Portsmouth City Council, who tracked Wright down using his car licence number and clues found in the rubbish.

Wright, 32, of Thurbern Road, North End, who had been paid to dispose of the waste, pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court to one offence of fly-tipping, one offence of failing to produce a waste transfer note and one offence of failing to properly complete a waste transfer note.

The court heard that after an arrest warrant was issued, he handed himself in to police and spent more than 30 hours in the cells.

He was fined £1,000 and told to pay £250 towards the council's costs, plus a £100 victim surcharge.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, the council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, said: "Flytipping is a disgusting thing to do – it blights people's neighbourhoods. This was a particularly blatant offence, in broad daylight, on a main road. We're grateful to the resident who spotted him, and glad that justice has been done."

Before handing waste over to a private waste disposal service, residents should ask to see its waste carriers licence, and check it is registered. To check, search "Environment Agency" online and click on "public registers".

If residents do not check a service is registered and the waste is fly-tipped, they could be held responsible.

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