March man prosecuted and fined over £2,500 for illegally dumping ‘large quantities’ of household waste in Fenland
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A March man has been ordered to pay more than £2,500 in fines and court costs after being prosecuted for fly-tipping in the region.
Richard Key, of Wimblington Road, illegally dumped large quantities of household waster in Barker’s Lane and Lambs Hill Drove last year.
The 36-year-old appeared before Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (April 17) where he admitted two offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
He was fined a total of £1,160 and ordered to pay the council’s investigation costs of £1,084.08. He was also ordered to pay £150 court costs and £116 victim surcharge.
Waste deposited across the two sites consisted of a sofa bed and sofa, double mattress, cushions, a walking aid, a wooden draw, carpet offcuts, plasterboard, cardboard packaging and general household waste.
Streetscene enforcement officers examined the fly-tipped rubbish and traced it back to Key.
He was interviewed in January when he admitted the waste belonged to a member of the public who had paid him to take the waste away.
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Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “Fly-tipping is a serious offence which not only results in considerable cost to the public purse to clear but is also harmful to the community and the environment.
“We will not tolerate such offences and will continue to rigorously investigate incidents of this nature and prosecute the perpetrators wherever possible.
Members of the public should report fly-tipping to Fenland District Council via www.fenland.gov.uk/clean-streets or via Twitter or Facebook @FenlandCouncil or in person at any of its one-stop shops or community hubs.