Council Cracks down on Enviro Crime
A woman from Worksop and a man from Sutton in Ashfield have been prosecuted and fined more than £2,500 after being found guilty of separate offences that relate to reports of fly-tipping.
Keeley Taylor of New Holles Court, Worksop and Marics Babanc of Hibbert Crescent, Sutton in Ashfield were prosecuted at Mansfield Magistrates Court on Monday 12th June. Neither defendants appeared at court and the offences were proved in their absence.
Taylor was found guilty of fly-tipping after a mattress and a black bin bag filled with soiled nappies was found on Newgate Street, Worksop in December 2016. Within the bin bag, evidence was recovered that linked Taylor to the fly-tipped waste. As a result she was fined £1,100 plus costs of £449 and a victim surcharge of £110, all payable within 28 days.
Babanc was the registered keeper of a vehicle that had been used to fly-tip bags of household waste on Wood Lane, Nether Langwith in November 2016. A member of the public had witnessed the fly-tipping and when the Council requested information about the vehicle and its owner, Babanc failed to respond. Whilst there was no evidence that Babanc was involved in the fly-tipping, failure to respond is itself a criminal offence under the Environment Act (1995) for which he was prosecuted. He was fined £660, in addition to costs of £209 and a victim surcharge of £66, all payable within 28 days.
Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “The Council is taking a hard line when it comes to fly-tipping and when evidence is provided by a member of the public or secured as part of an investigation, we will not hesitate to take the offenders through the courts and secure a prosecution.
“These latest prosecutions should act as a warning to potential fly-tippers that if caught, you will face a criminal prosecution and a hefty fine. Similarly, we will follow up on vehicles reported to be involved in fly-tipping, and the courts will take an equally dim view of failure to supply information about offences”