Fly-tipping in Benson Lane Hawkinge Photo: FHDC

A man who frequently fly-tipped over a month on five separate occasions in the space of just over a month has been fined by magistrates – thanks to a resident who caught him in the act on CCTV.

Darren Timmins repeatedly dumped household waste, furniture and general refuse on land in Benson Lane, Hawkinge between December 2019 and January 2020.

The matter came to the attention of Folkestone & Hythe District Council (F&HDC) after a resident provided CCTV footage of the incidents.

Mr Timmins, from Folkestone, pleaded guilty to five charges of fly-tipping at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on 25 January 2021.

He was fined £400 and ordered to pay £180 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.

Cllr Stuart Peall – F&HDC Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Regulatory Services, Waste & Building Control – said: “Fly-tipping doesn’t pay, it’s as simple as that.

“Mr Timmins faces a bill of over £500 just because he did not dispose of his waste responsibly. This sends out a clear message that we won’t accept such behaviour.

“My thanks goes to the resident who told us about the incidents and provided the evidence which was crucial in securing this prosecution. Information shared by residents is so important in helping us win the war against fly-tipping.”

Cllr Stuart Peall

Bulky waste can easily be disposed of at Kent County Council’s household waste recycling centres or by using our bulky waste collection service.

To report fly-tipping incidents for clearing up and investigation, visit

By Ed

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