Lawsuits follow fly-spilling incidents in Langley Park and Bishop Auckland
County Durham tippers have been hit in the pocket by more than £1,000 each in two separate cases of illegal dumping of waste.
Durham County Council has successfully taken legal action following incidents of fly dumping at a Langley Park housing estate and at Bishop Auckland Rugby Club.
The first case arose from the dumping of a large amount of household waste, including a lounge chair, broken furniture and other broken pieces of wood, at the housing estate on March 17.
CCTV cameras in place at the site captured footage showing waste being dumped from a van.
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Investigations revealed that the owner of the van was David King of Davis Crescent in Langley Park.
The 37-year-old admitted to tipping when he appeared at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court.
By way of mitigation, he told magistrates that he believed the land belonged to a friend and that he had permission to use it for dumping rubbish.
But he admitted he should have taken further steps to verify that this was the case.
The defendant, who was given credit for his early guilty plea, was fined £200 and ordered to pay £816.40 in costs, plus a victim fine surcharge of £34, for a total of £1,050.40 £.
In a separate court case, Nathan Robinson, from Bishop Auckland, was found guilty of failing to take part in an investigation into a fly at the entrance to the city’s rugby ground at West Mills Playing Fields.
Council rangers found several bags of household rubbish at the site in November last year.
Evidence found in the bags linked the waste to Robinson, of Surtees Street in the city.
A municipal tax check confirmed that the defendant lived at that address, but the 22-year-old did not respond to a letter and he did not attend an interview as part of the investigation.
As Robinson did not appear in court, the case was heard in his absence.
He was fined £660 and costs £338.20, plus a victim fine surcharge of £66, for a total of £1,064.
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Ian Hoult, the council’s Neighborhood Protection Officer, said: ‘Fly tipping is taken very seriously in County Durham.
“We will always take action against the illegal dumping of waste to help reduce environmental damage.
“Hopefully this case, in particular, also reminds everyone that their waste is their responsibility.
“There are plenty of ways to properly dispose of waste across the county, from houshold recycling centers to booking a bulky waste collection.”
He added: “There is no excuse for fly tipping and we will continue to support our communities to address it.”
Further information on the issue is available via www.durham.gov.uk/flytipping, which also gives details on reporting such incidents.
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