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Man prosecuted for failing to give information to fly-tipping investigators

Published April 27, 2016 4.44pm

A North East man has been ordered to pay more than £800 after cardboard was dumped in a County Durham village.

Fly-tip in Easington

The fly-tip in Easington that Ian Maitland failed to give information about

Ian Maitland, of Barnard Avenue in Ludworth, was prosecuted after failing to provide information to our investigators, who were looking into a flytip that happened on September 12 last year.

At Peterlee Magistrates' Court the 38 year old, who did not attend, was found guilty of an offence under the Environment Act 1995 and fined £440, with £329.83 costs and a £44 victim surcharge.

Neighbourhood protection manager Ian Hoult said: "We are committed to reducing the amount of flytipping across County Durham and we will use any means available to us to get the right information so that we can prosecute those responsible.

"As well as fly tippers themselves we will target those who fail to provide the information we ask for as our Operation Stop It continues to crackdown on the environmental crimes that blight our communities.

"We would remind everyone of their responsibilities when it comes to disposing of waste properly."

Where was the rubbish flytipped?

The Petwell Lane area of Easington is an area of  land owned by us, and due to its isolated location it is regularly targeted by fly tippers.

On Saturday 12 September 2015, through use of CCTV footage, we observed a Blue Transit van stopping and a significant fly tip, comprising of cardboard boxes and other waste, being dumped on the land.

Information was requested from the registered keeper of the vehicle, who responded to say that he had not driven the car for six months, but he believed the vehicle was now driven by Maitland.

We visited Maitland's home on two occasions in October and a calling card was left requesting he contact us. A letter was then sent requesting he come in for an interview, but he did not attend.

As a result, in December, we sent a notice to Maitland requesting information under Section 108 of the Environment Act 1995 and he was given 7 days to respond. This required him to confirm whether he was the owner of the vehicle in question, whether he was in the Petwell Lane area of Easington on 12 September 2015 and whether anyone else was in the vehicle with him.

He did not respond and has had no contact with us since then, effectively resulting in the fly tip investigation grinding to a halt.

Operation Stop It

Fly tipping remains a costly and time consuming issue for us.

In the financial year 2014/15 the council spent £432,562 investigating 6,824 reports of flytipping - a significant amount at a time when the authority must find millions of pounds more in savings.

However, through our biggest ever crackdown on the illegal dumping of waste, Operation Stop It, we have seen a huge decrease in fly tipping incidents.

What can you do?

Household waste can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC), or to arrange a bulky waste collection call 03000 26 0000.

Environmental crimes, including fly-tipping, dog fouling and litter, can be reported online or by calling 03000 26 0000.

Unlicensed waste carriers can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111. 

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