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.
Two people from Kent have been fined more than six thousand pounds for illegally dumping and burning rubbish. Gordon Hedges, who's fifty seven and Peter Spinks, who's 29, were linked to the dumping of waste including aerosols and a fire extinguisher.
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.
Illegal rubbish, stretching a mile, has been dumped in one of the worst cases of fly-tipping in the south east. Tom Savvides talks to locals in Purfleet and MP Jackie Doyle Price.
It's a sea of rubbish as far as you can see.
For months, land at Cory's Wharf in Purfleet, Thurrock, has been used to dump sofas, mattresses, building materials and household waste.
It's dumping on an industrial scale.
Video filmed by YourThurrock.com shows the full extent of the blight on the landscape.