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Hefty fine for Rushden fly-tipper

Published Thursday, 19 December 2019

A Rushden resident has been fined more than £3,000 for dumping waste on private land in Wellingborough.

This is following a successful prosecution by the Borough Council of Wellingborough and its partners, Wellingborough Norse.

A vehicle belonging to Mr Darren Edwards was caught on CCTV arriving at allotments off Finedon Road, Wellingborough carrying a load of building waste and leaving empty.

Wellingborough Norse investigated the matter, interviewing Edwards who claimed that a colleague dumped the waste using his vehicle. Following further investigation of the former colleague this proved inconclusive.

As registered keeper of the vehicle Edwards was prosecuted under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Failing to attend a court hearing on 3 September a warrant without bail was issued.

Edwards surrendered to the warrant and claimed that he hadn’t received the summons at his new address. Edwards was re-bailed to attend court on 16 December and he pleaded guilty to the offences of fly-tipping and was issued with a fine of £1,354 plus £1,700 costs and a £135 victim surcharge.

The Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said: “This is an example of blatant disregard from someone who did not wish to dispose of their trade waste at a licensed disposal site, and dumped this at an allotment.

“Where we find evidence we will prosecute those responsible for fly-tipping. We would like to thank all residents and businesses who help us to reduce waste in our borough and dispose of their rubbish appropriately.

“We are fortunate to live in a borough that has beautiful countryside and large areas of open space. We will not tolerate this despicable crime.”

To report fly-tipping to the Borough Council of Wellingborough please visit:  http://www.wellingborough.gov.uk/flytipping