Fly tipping trio hit with over £1,500 bill

12 October 2016

Fines in excess of £1,500 have been dished out to three men who dumped waste in the countryside around Cambridge.

Trevor David Rees, aged 35, of Fordwich Close, Cambridge, pleaded guilty to fly tipping under Sec.33 Environmental Protection Act 1990 when he appeared at Cambridge Magistrates Court.

A member of the public reported seeing Mr Rees dumping garden waste in the entrance to Digital Park, Station Road, Longstanton. They recorded the registration number of the van used and South Cambridgeshire District Council enforcement officers traced Mr Rees via the DVLA.

During the interview he admitted taking the waste from his home address and dumping it at the business park.

A Magistrate fined him £240 with South Cambridgeshire District Council’s costs of £320 and victim surcharge of £30 also being awarded.

In a second case, Hayden Stephenson, aged 22, of Consort Avenue, in Trumpington Meadows Cambridge accepted £50 to dispose of a large amount of domestic waste from an address in Cambridge. He then dumped it in the entrance to farmland off Haslingfield Road, Harston.

He appeared at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty. He was fined £60 and also ordered to pay £100 Council costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

In a final case in the Council’s hat trick of prosecutions, Wayne Paul Smith, aged 29, of Meadow Dell, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to fly tipping at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court and was fined £360. He was also ordered to pay the Council’s £400 costs and a victim surcharge of £36.

Mr Smith advertised on the internet under the name WG Property Services and was contracted to remove domestic and builders waste from an address in Hatfield for a fee of £200. He then left the waste in farmland adjacent to the Pet Crematorium off the A505 in Thriplow.

Councillor Mark Howell, cabinet member for environmental services at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “Fly tipping costs thousands of pounds each year to clear up and takes scarce money away from services we would much rather provide for local people. Our enforcement team have worked hard to bring this trio of offenders to book and they will now pay the financial cost of their actions.

“The case of Mr Rees highlights how information from local people can be key for us to be able to successfully prosecute so please keep your eyes and ears open and report anything suspicious.”

If you see someone in the act of fly tipping contact the Police on 999. To report waste that has been dumped visit www.scambs.gov.uk and click on the report it button.