Three fined over fly-tipping offences
A County Durham man who admitted fly-tipping on a public right of way is facing a legal bill of more than £1,000.
Hope Alfred Price dumped garden waste, paper and leaflets at West Cornforth on 3 August 2020, before setting fire to it and driving away.
When the waste was discovered the following day by one of our neighbourhood wardens, they were able to review CCTV footage from the location and found two men fly-tipping from a white van.
The footage also showed officers from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service having to attend to deal with the fire.
After making enquiries with the police, the warden was able to identify Price as the driver of the van and he attended an interview under caution in September 2020.
The 45-year-old, from Lime Road in Ferryhill, admitted carrying out the offence but claimed the waste belonged to the other male.
At Peterlee Magistrates Court, Price pleaded guilty to fly-tipping. He was fined £400 and ordered to pay £343 compensation to the fire service, £300 towards court costs and a £40 victim surcharge.
Further fines for fly-tipping related offences
That was one of three fly-tipping related cases heard by magistrates in County Durham in the last week.
Liam Purvis, of Wraith Terrace, Sunderland, was also fined and ordered to pay costs totalling almost £1,000 after failing to assist an investigation into three fly-tipping incidents across County Durham.
After waste was dumped at Holmside Lane near Edmondsley, and Seaton Lane, Seaton in April and May last year, evidence was found linking to individuals who both confirmed the defendant had removed their waste.
Purvis, who is 29, then called the council to report that he had left waste in the Easington Colliery area of County Durham, in April 2020.
Purvis failed to respond to requests from the council and failed to attend Peterlee Magistrates Court or enter a plea.
Magistrates fined him £660 and ordered him to pay £233.50 in costs and a £66 victim surcharge for his failure to assist the council officer in their investigation.
In a third case, at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court, Jack Brown, of Fellside Court, Washington, was fined and ordered to pay costs totalling more than £1,000 after dumping waste in August last year.
The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to fly-tipping, after being caught on CCTV dumping horse manure in the grass verge of a layby at the side of Forge Lane, Castledene, Chester-le-Street.
Brown was fined £600 and ordered to pay £130 legal costs, £373.80 costs towards the investigation and a £60 victim surcharge.
Tackling the issue
Ian Hoult, our neighbourhood protection manager, said: "We hope these court cases serve as a reminder that anyone responsible for fly-tipping will be held to account.
"County Durham is a beautiful place to live, work and visit and everyone has a duty to keep it that way. Businesses must make sure they dispose of waste correctly and householders should check that anyone who says they will remove their rubbish is registered to do so.
"There are many ways to get rid of waste responsibly, whether that is taking it to one of our household waste recycling centres free or by booking a bulky waste collection, but fly-tipping really is inexcusable and we will continue to do all we can to tackle the issue."
Chris Williams, Divisional Manager North for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Our crews across the service are regularly called to incidents involving fly-tipping and loose refuse, which in turn takes our valuable resources away from the frontline where they are needed most.
"You can help us reduce these types of incidents by reporting fly-tipping to your local authority. We would also like to encourage people to report any suspicious behaviour or information, 100 per cent anonymously, to FireStoppers on 0800 169 5558 or report online at www.firestoppersreport.co.uk."
For more information or to report fly-tipping, visit our Flytipping page.