Interview dodging fly tipper picks up £600 bill

Date Posted: 4:29 PM on Wed, 6 March 2019

A fly tipper who dumped domestic waste under a bush in Daybrook and repeatedly avoided speaking to the council, has pleaded guilty to the offence and been ordered to pay a total of £639 in fines and costs.

On 26 July 2018, Gedling Borough Council received a complaint of fly tipping in an alley way off Sherbrook Road, Daybrook. Neighbourhood Warden, Shelley Webster, attended the site the same day and found the fly tip, a large cardboard box filled with domestic rubbish, discarded under a bush. CCTV footage showed a grey Ford vehicle park up and the passenger of the vehicle take rubbish from the back of the vehicle down the alleyway.

After reviewing the CCTV footage, Neighbourhood Wardens found the vehicle belonged to a Mr Mark Williams, who was contacted by the council and requested to attend an interview under caution to discuss the allegation.

For several weeks, Williams did not come to the council to speak to the wardens, providing different reasons for not attending. Due to his non-appearance at the council he was issued with a fixed penalty notice and given 14 days to pay. No payment was made and, despite several attempts by the council to contact Williams, he was issued with a notice to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court. 

Williams pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates Court and received a £320 fine and was ordered to pay a £32 victim surcharge and Prosecution Costs of £287.

Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, Councillor David Ellis said;

“There’s absolutely no reason for Mr Williams to have dumped this waste, he didn’t think he would get caught and now has to pay over £600 in fines and costs. We are pleased with the court’s decision and this should ask as a warning to anyone who considers fly tipping that if we catch you, it will cost you.”