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Northampton fly-tippers receive four figure fine

Published Friday, 31 January 2020

Two men from Northampton have been fined £1180 for fly-tipping furniture and household items at Lower Ecton Lane, Ecton.

Wellingborough Norse, joint venture partners with the Borough Council of Wellingborough, investigated the reports of fly-tipping and discovered an address label to a householder who had paid for the waste to be collected.

The waste collectors, Jamie Cowell and Rocky Whitney, pleaded guilty on 27 January 2020 to depositing waste illegally and waste duty of care offences for having no records of the collection or transfer of waste.  The offenders claimed that they had transferred the waste to a scrap metal collector but were prosecuted for fly-tipping receiving fines totalling £1180.

Cowell was fined £300 plus £420 costs and £30 victim surcharge. Whitney, who was under 18 at the time of the offence, received a reduced fine of £100 plus £300 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

If you are arranging for anyone to take your items away, it is your responsibility to ensure that they hold the relevant licence. The resident who had instructed the waste carriers to dispose of their items could have faced prosecution. Due to working with officers to investigate the fly-tippers, they did not receive a fine or prosecution.

Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said:

“Fly-tipping has a negative impact on our environment and countryside. Removing and investigating reports of fly-tipping involves staff time and considerable costs. It is disappointing that waste carriers, who residents should have trusted to responsibly dispose of their items, dumped these household items on a quiet lane in our borough’s beautiful countryside.

“If you use a waste disposal service to take your items away, make sure that they hold the relevant paperwork and that your items will recycled or disposed of appropriately.

“We will not hesitate to prosecute anyone responsible for committing this despicable crime.”

To find out more about how to report fly-tipping to the council visit: www.wellingborough.gov.uk/flytipping