A stern warning has been issued by the Council following the successful prosecution of a fly tipper whose mistake was to return to the scene of his crime.
Thomas Scott, 22, a Bristol resident, received a £565 fine together with strong words from the Chair of the Magistrates who said that Mr Scott’s actions were beyond silly and that the message must go out that actions like these ruin the environment which impacts on the whole community.
In July, the Council received a report a fly-tipped waste consisting of five bags of hedge clippings, four large cardboard boxes, a TV stand, and polystyrene wrapping in a water course at Pitway Lane, Farrington Gurney.
Enforcement Officers from the Council investigating the incident found CCTV evidence of the vehicle at nearby premises. While collecting the tapes, the vehicle in question coincidentally turned-up. Mr. Scott was questioned under caution and admitted to the offence illegally deposit controlled waste in the water course the previous day.
Councillor David Dixon (Lib-Dem, Oldfield), Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said, “This case serves as a warning to those people thinking about fly tipping their waste and blighting the local community. Where reported, Bath & North East Somerset Council will investigate this environmental nuisance and use the full force of the law to punish offenders and shame them for their anti-social behaviour.
“In order to do this, the Council needs help from the local community to tackle this menace. People reporting these offences to us put the Council in a stronger position to ensure the perpetrator is caught and punished.”
People can report instances of fly tipping in various ways via Council Connect:
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