Police in Wiltshire have stopped almost 100 vehicles as part of a week-long crackdown on rogue traders. An unlicensed scrap metal dealer and possible fly-tippers were among those questioned as a result of the roadside checks.
A Hampshire man has been jailed for two fly-tipping offences.
Mr Ashley Mooney, formerly of Gosport, was taken to court by Winchester City Council in relation to two fly-tipping offences discovered at Forest Lane in Wickham, Pigeon House Lane in Southwick, Dean Lane in Bishop’s Waltham and Chidden Lane in Hambledon between April and June 2016.
Mr Mooney pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. He was also made the subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order for a period of five years, prohibiting him from further fly-tipping across the whole of Hampshire.
Officials have warned Mr Mooney that breaching the order is a criminal offence and can lead to a fine or imprisonment or both.
A woman who repeatedly threw her rubbish into an alleyway behind her home in Margate has been fined more than £1000.
Kerry Foley, 40, was asked to stop fly-tipping by council officials. But when she didn't respond, Thanet District Council took her to court.
Prior to legal action, Foley had received warnings from the council’s Street Scene Enforcement team.
We can only expect to reap the benefits of an improving Thanet if we work together to keep it a clean and attractive place.
Not only do fly tippers discourage visitors; they cause misery, and at times pose hazards, to our local residents who must witness such scenes everyday.
Fly-tipping is not a matter to be taken lightly and this case shows the extent we will go to stop it.”
Local authorities in England spent an estimated £50 million clearing up illegally dumped waste in 2014/15, figures released by the government claim.
The statistics, released today by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, also show that around 900,000 incidents were dealt with in the same period, an increase in fly-tipping of 5.6% on 2013/14.
The costs of clearing up illegally dumped waste, two thirds of which was household rubbish, in places such as streets, alleyways and council land was nearly £50 million, a rise of almost £5 million on the year before.
It is the second rise in fly-tipping incidents in as many years, after years of the problem declining.
Following the case where a woman was fined for dumping 40 bags of rubbish, Thanet Council said it would not tolerate fly-tipping.
Cllr Michelle Fenner, Cabinet Member for business, Corporate and Regulatory Services said: “We will take action against those who do so.
"Our enforcement officers work hard to catch those who litter our towns and villages, so it is encouraging to see outcomes like this.
“We should take pride in our environment, and it is sad that people who carry out such offences do so at the risk of spoiling others.
"If anyone sees any fly-tipping take place, I urge them to contact the council immediately.”
A woman has been fined for dumping 40 bags of rubbish in Margate.
Aimee Marsh, 29, of Shakespeare Road, admitted leaving the black and blue rubbish sacks on Shakespeare Road when she appeared before appeared before Canterbury Magistrates’ Court.
She found herself in court after Thanet District Council Enforcement Officers, who monitor the area on a regular basis, found the rubbish sacks and tracked it to Miss Marsh’s property.
In Court Miss Marsh admitted she had not put her rubbish out for weeks and had just dumped it there.
She was fined £250 with clean-up costs of £467.60. She was also ordered to pay £100 costs with a £25 victim surcharge. The total payable is £842.60.
A flytipper has been hit with a hefty fine after admitting to paying 'a man with a van' who dumped building waste on the public highway. Tarjinder Singh (Tony) Ghatahora was fined a total of £3,165 - including £400 costs awarded to Reading Borough Council.
The successful prosecution followed a report from Reading Borough Council's Housing team of flytipping on the service road behind Barnsdale Road, Whitley on May 2nd this year.
In the east, it's Medway that's worst affected by flytipping with more than 3000 incidents there last year.
Hastings had just under 3 thousand reports of flytipping; Brighton and Hove had two thousand. But Swale, Dartford, Canterbury and Crawley were all - in the top 15.
Click below for the full report from the east of the region
A report has revealed that Southampton - more than anywhere else in the west of the region - suffers most from flytipping.
The figures - from the Department for Energy, Food and Rural Affairs - show there were more than eight and a half thousand incidents last year. Basingstoke came 4th, Brighton and Hove 6th and Reading, the Test Valley, Portsmouth and Crawley - were all in the top 15.
Our councils are paying out millions of pounds each year to clean up the mess - but is it enough?
Click below for the full report for the west of the region