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Man fined for failing to provide information

Published September 27, 2019 12.41pm

Failing to provide information during a flytipping investigation has left one 25-year-old with a legal bill of almost £1,000.

Johnson Brown, of Elliott Way, St Helens Auckland, has been successfully prosecuted by us for failing to provide information which was relevant to an investigation into a flytipping incident which took place at an allotment site near to Ascot Way.

Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court heard that in April 2019 a neighbourhood warden attended an address, also on Ascot Way, after receiving reports that it could be involved in the incident.

No response received from defendant 

On approaching the address, the warden noted that there was a Grey Nissan Cabstar flatbed vehicle at the property filled with broken up concrete. The warden spoke with the driver who would not identify himself and drove away. A PNC check of the vehicle did not identify the current registered keeper.

The warden then spoke with a contractor who was carrying out work at the house. He stated that he had paid the male in the van to dispose of the waste, but he would not provide the driver details and walked away. Bodycam footage was sent to the police who identified the contractor as the defendant, Johnson Brown

In June 2019 Brown was issued with a s.108 Environment Act 1995 notice which required him to answer questions concerning the driver of the vehicle, but he did not respond in the seven days given or at all.

As there was no response received from the defendant, the matter was proved by the court in his absence. He was fined £660 and ordered to pay costs of £241.51 and a victim surcharge of £66, all too be paid within 28 days.

Do the right thing

Ian Hoult, our community protection manager, said: "Since Operation Stop It came into force in 2014, we have seen a 26 per cent reduction, however there are still people out there who dispose of waste irresponsibly so we will continue to work with our partners and tackle the issue.

"Hopefully, this prosecution will demonstrate how failing to assist in our enquiries can lead to legal action being taken against you. We know most people do the right thing, however there is never an excuse for flytipping, especially when there are a number of ways to dispose of rubbish and waste responsibly."

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