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Fly-tippers made to pick up rubble & put it back in truck

The amount of flytipping has gone up. This was left behind at an area in Purfleet, Essex in 2014 Credit: PA

Two fly-tippers caught in the act have been made to pick up the rubble and put it right back in their truck.

Police officers on patrol saw the Ford Transit tipper truck in an area off the A228 at Halling in Kent at about 1.30pm today (Saturday 23rd June). It was reported that a large amount of rubble was being dumped from the vehicle.

The officers told the men to tidy up the mess and put the rubble back onto their truck. The driver has been reported for an offence of fly-tipping; as well as for having no vehicle tax, no vehicle insurance - and no valid MOT. Now the matter will be forwarded to the local council, which has responsibility for dealing with fly-tipping.

Kent Police say that while anyone who wants to report an area affected by fly-tipping should contact their local council, if you see fly-tipping in progress and actually taking place you should contact your local police on 999.

According to the latest statistics from DEFRA (The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs), local authorities in England dealt with 936,000 incidents of fly-tipping in 2015/2016, which was a 4% increase on the levels in 2014/2015.

Clearing up the mess caused by fly-tipping cost local councils in England almost £49.8million in 2015/2016.

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Fly-tipper jailed after dumping tons of rubbish

He was once dubbed 'Britain's worst fly-tipper' - and tonight Marcus Bairstow is back behind bars. He was caught yet again dumping tons of other people's rubbish and leaving taxpayers with the clean-up bill.

The 41-year-old from Southampton was previously jailed for two years in 2011 after he left a cemetery strewn with rubbish. This time he was caught tipping truck loads of rubbish in fields and a pub car park. Kerry Swain was in court.

Council raises penalty for fly-tipping

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People caught fly-tipping in Reading now face an instant fine of £300.

The Borough Council has welcomed government legislation allowing councils to crackdown on waste crime without resorting to expensive legal action.

Prior to the new rules, people caught dumping up to five bags of rubbish received a fixed penalty notice of £75 for a littering offence. They are now classified as low level fly-tipping offences, allowing councils to set instant fines of between £150 and £400.

Reading Borough Council warns that large scale fly-tippers will still face prosecution in court, up to six months in jail and fines of up to £20,000.

Fly-tipping can blight an area and these new powers give the council the ability to deal with offenders appropriately and swiftly.

The £300 fixed penalty fine should send out a message that any level of fly-tipping is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

I would however point-out that the council will not shy away from taking legal action against those individuals or businesses who commit larger scale fly-tipping offences.”

– Councillor Liz Terry, Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods, Reading Borough Council

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Tip wars: residents banned from using nearest tip

A huge increase in the amount of fly-tipping is being predicted because agreements between councils on where we can dump our rubbish are being scrapped.

It has come about because cash-strapped local authorities are no longer making a contribution to neighbouring councils to maintain waste disposal sites.

It means, for example, that people living in the West Berkshire council area can no longer use the tips in Reading, like Smallmead, which is nearer to their homes. Instead some will have to make round trips of 30 miles or more to Newbury or Padworth. This from Cary Johnston.

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Bank worker in court over fly-tipping

A bank worker has appeared in court for his part in one of the worst cases of fly-tipping ever seen. A massive dump, more than half a mile long, at Purfleet in Essex cost well over a hundred thousand pounds to clear up. But Adam Coles didn't dump the rubbish. All he did was hire someone to take it away. Some of the waste found at the site belonged to Mr Coles. But as Tom Savvides reports, the law states it's the job of the householder to make sure the refuse is disposed of properly.

Fly-tipper brought to justice

A fly-tipper who cost Rother taxpayers hundreds of pounds has been brought to justice.

Luke Lelliot, of Chilean Green, Ninfield, was charged with three counts of fly-tipping and sentenced on April 1 after pleading guilty to the offences.

The 30-year-old was caught after an investigation into piles of rubbish dumped in Poppinghole Lane, Robertsbridge, and at Upper Wilting Farm in St Leonards-On-Sea in April 2014.

Investigating officers from Rother District Council were able to find evidence within the fly-tipped rubbish that led to the arrest of Lelliot.

Appearing at Hastings Magistrates Court, he was given a 20 week custodial sentence suspended for a year and ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.

Fines imposed by the court included £1,186.66 costs awarded to the council and a victim surcharge of £80.

Piles of rubbish were dumped in Poppinghole Lane Robertsbridge and at Upper Wilting Farm in St Leonards-On-Sea Credit: Rother District Council

"We are delighted with the sentence handed down. There is never an excuse for fly-tipping and we will do everything in our power to bring those responsible to justice. Fly-tipping is not only a blight on the local environment; it also puts additional pressure on the council's already stretched resources. These three incidents alone cost the taxpayer hundreds of pounds to clean up, which Lelliot will now have to pay. We hope that this case sends a clear message to anyone else considering illegally dumping their rubbish in Rother."

– Alex Balshaw, planning and environmental enforcement officer for the district council
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