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Council scores prosecutions against fly-tippers

A fly-tipping crackdown by South Holland District Council in Lincolnshire has resulted in the prosecution of two local culprits.

Shaun Harvey, of Kinderley Road in Wisbech, pleaded guilty to an illegal fly-tip at West Drove South, Gedney Hill, on May 2018. A large load of tree cuttings were dumped in the road, and this was witnessed by a local resident.

Lincoln Magistrates Court gave Harvey a fine of £1,400, plus a victim surcharge of £140 and costs of £732.13, making a total payable of £2,272.13.

A spokesperson said: “South Holland council continues to work to clear fly-tips and to catch and successfully prosecute offenders operating in the district.”

The council has been working in partnership with local community group Flytipping Watch, which is supporting the swift reportage, sharing of information and cleanup of fly-tips in the district.

The council also has an area on its website where residents can report fly-tipping issues, and the spokesperson added: “It is important that information about tips is shared quickly and in as much detail as possible, to allow evidence to be gathered and thorough investigation to take place.”

Prior to this latest conviction, Stephen Penn, of Garnsgate Road in Long Sutton, was found guilty at Boston Magistrates court on 15 February for offences relating to a fly-tip on Guys Head Road, near Sutton Bridge, in March 2018.

Around two tonnes of soil and turf had been dumped in a gateway, which was witnessed by a member of the public who reported the incident to the council.

Penn was fined £3,000, with costs of £1,104.86 and a victim surcharge of £170. He was also issued with a two-year criminal behaviour order around the correct carrying and disposal of waste.

These cases followed the council’s successful conviction of two other fly-tippers in November 2018, who were both handed significant fines by the courts.

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