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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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