14-day prison sentence for fly tipper

5 July 2017

A man convicted of fly tipping who appeared at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court by a video link has been handed a 14-day prison sentence to run alongside the one he is currently serving.

Samuel Porter, previously of Laburnham Road, Biggleswade, pleaded guilty at court to fly tipping, an offence under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and he was sentenced to 14 days imprisonment to be served concurrently.

On the 27 June 2016, South Cambridgeshire District Council received a report of a large amount of waste dumped on Farmland off Eltisley Road, Great Gransden. Investigators traced the waste back to an address in Biggleswade who gave Mr Porter’s details as the person who took away the rubbish for £70.

Further enquires revealed that the arrangement was made by Mr Porter’s partner.

The Council has thanked witnesses who reported a vehicle they saw at the site where the waste was dumped and provided the registration plate to help investigators.

The Council has said they are still pursuing Mr Porter’s partner for her role in the crime.

Cllr Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for environmental health, said: “Fly tipping is a blight and totally unacceptable. It is carried out by a tiny minority who cost landowners and taxpayers thousands of pounds clearing it up. We are all victims of the crime and I am pleased our team has brought them to book. Please remember that everyone has a duty of care when disposing of their household waste. You must check the people you are giving your waste to are registered as a waste carrier. Failing to do so could mean you also end up with a knock at the door and legal action taken.”