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2nd Dec, 2021

Man ordered to pay £652 after being caught on camera fly-tipping twice in Wythall

Tristan Harris 21st Dec, 2020 Updated: 21st Dec, 2020

A MAN has been fined after being caught fly-tipping in Bromsgrove District.

Gareth Rich, of Linden Road, Bournville, appeared via video link at Redditch Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to two charges of causing controlled waste to be deposited on land at Icknield Street, Wythall.

This foam waste – extracted from fridges – was dumped at the well-known fly-tipping spot on two separate occasions on May 9, 2019.

Bromsgrove District Council had installed CCTV cameras at fly-tipping hotspots in January 2019, which were activated by movement.

An officer visited the lay-by in Icknield Street on May 10 and spotted the waste but was unable to reach the camera without ladders.

Four days later he returned to retrieve it and it recorded the dumpings.

At 11.41am on May 9, a light blue Ford Transit van pulled up and reversed into the spot where the waste was seen by an officer the next day.

Footage went on to show the same light blue Ford Transit returning to the exact same site at 5pm the same day.

The van was distinctive as it had two stickers in the rear window, one blue and in the middle of the window and a second in the top left-hand corner and the registration, being clearly depicted on the photographs from the second visit, was confirmed by the DVLA to belong to Rich.

Later, under caution, Rich was confirmed as the person dumping the foam waste from fridges which he had picked up from the side of the road, after he was turned away from the tip.

But he said, he had not received any money for the waste.

Magistrates were advised of the deliberate nature of this offence with not only a cost to the taxpayer but to the environment.

Rich was ordered to pay £652.

The council’s Portfolio-Holder for Environmental Services, Coun Margaret Sherrey, said:

“Bromsgrove District Council takes fly-tipping very seriously and we will not tolerate fly-tippers who not only cost our taxpayers money but are creating eyesore in our beautiful countryside.

“We always investigate fly tips and where we find any evidence we will pursue a conviction.

“I hope this conviction deters others from using Bromsgrove to dump their waste and we urge residents who witness fly tipping to contact the council or the local police.”

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