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Folkestone man pays the price for dumping builders' waste in the countryside

Contributed by editor on Aug 30, 2018 - 07:52 PM


A Folkestone man has paid the price for dumping builders’ waste from the back of his van in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


He was spotted by two men in Crete Road East and although one of them told him to put the waste back in his van, only two items were picked up before he drove off.

After the incident was reported to Folkestone & Hythe District Council officers managed to track down the offender and he was issued with a £300 penalty for fly-tipping.

Public spirit of the witnesses

Cllr Peall, Cabinet Member for the Environment, paid tribute to the public spirit of the witnesses.

“We stand the best chance of catching fly-tippers when people are not only prepared to report incidences to us but give us key details that can help us track down the culprits.”

Penalty notices for fly-tipping were introduced in 2016 to make taking enforcement action on smaller offences quicker and easier than going to court.

“We take all fly-tipping seriously – even a small amount is too much. Using fixed penalties shows our determination to crackdown on those people who think it’s acceptable to dump what they don’t want, wherever they want. We might choose not to take them to court but there will always be a price to pay.”

Prison

If a case goes to court, fly-tippers risk a criminal record and a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months in prison.

The council is asking residents to report any fly-tipping they see with as much evidence as possible – for example any vehicle registration numbers – so offenders can be promptly traced and prosecuted.

Report fly-tipping to www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/fly-tipping
 

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