Man who blocked road by dumping rubbish prosecuted

20 December 2017

A man who dumped rubbish and blocked a road in Fen Ditton so residents and farmers could not get access to their homes or land has been fined more than £1,500.

29 year old Aaron James Duffy, from Jack Warren Green in Cambridge, appeared at Cambridge Magistrates Court on Thursday 14 December to answer a charge of Fly Tipping under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

South Cambridgeshire District Council enforcement officers traced dumped waste earlier this year to Mr Duffy, who refused to engage with them throughout the investigation.

He then failed to appear at Cambridge Magistrates Court for an earlier hearing and a warrant was obtained for his arrest. Cambridgeshire Police arrested him and he was bailed to appear at Cambridge Magistrates Court on 14 December 2017.

Mr Duffy pleaded guilty and the Magistrate fined him £1,107, ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £110 and the Council’s costs. His total fine was £1,642.

The Council launched the investigation after a local resident reported the large fly tip in Low Fen Drove Way, off High Ditch Road in Fen Ditton, back in July.

Enforcement officers traced the waste to an address in Cambridge where the home owner said they had paid Mr Duffy £150, who was well known to them, to remove a large amount of domestic waste. Mr Duffy subsequently disposed of the waste in Low Fen Drove Way.

The fine Mr Duffy was ordered to pay included the Council’s costs of cleaning up the dumped rubbish. The quantity dumped meant a grab lorry was needed.

Cllr Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Health, said: “There are so many legal options for getting rid of waste, so there is never, ever an excuse for dumping rubbish.

“Fly-tipping will not be tolerated and we will continue to take a hard line on anyone who does it.

“We are grateful to residents who report fly-tipping to us, as was done in this case, as it helps us get it cleaned up, and assists with finding and prosecuting the culprits.

“If you see someone in the act, try to get as many details about the vehicle and the person you see doing it as possible, as this gives us more chance of successfully prosecuting them.”