1. ITV Report

Fly tipper caught in the act on CCTV

A fly tipper caught in the act on CCTV has been ordered to complete 140 hours of community service.

47 year old Morgan Lawrence, who lives in Newland Road, Withywood, pleaded guilty in Bath to offences under environmental protection legislation.

The court heard that on 16 May last year, Mr Lawrence was recorded on CCTV dumping waste from his van in East Dundry Road.

The waste included numerous car bumper parts, a car tyre, toys and other items.

Credit: Bath & North East Somerset Council

An investigation by Bath & North East Somerset Council revealed that Lawrence was running an unauthorised waste collection and disposal business, which he advertised on social media.

He was convicted of the unauthorised disposal of waste.

Mr Lawrence’s defence stated that whilst his conduct appeared “deliberate, lazy and that he had been after a quick buck”, he had not fly tipped before or since.

The court sentenced Mr Lawrence to a 12 month Community Order with 140 hours of unpaid work and ordered him to pay the clean-up costs of £139, prosecution costs of £450 and the victim surcharge of £85.

This prosecution sends out a very strong and clear warning message to anyone considering fly tipping in the area that this activity will not be tolerated. Bath & North East Somerset Council has CCTV monitoring at various locations and will not hesitate to bring these offenders to justice

– Martin Shields, Bath & North East Somerset Council