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Bodmin man found guilty of fly tipping given suspended prison sentence

Richard Green committed the fly-tipping offences at two sites in Bodmin and Blisland. Photo: Cornwall Council

A man has been given a suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of fly-tipping.

38-year-old Richard Green of Rock Lane, Bodmin committed the fly-tipping offences at two different sites between Bodmin and Blisland in November 2016.

Members of the public reported the fly-tips on private land to Community Protection Officers, who checked the waste and uncovered evidence, and established a link between the two sites and to Mr Green.

Green had initially denied the allegation of fly-tipping, even though he had been advertising his waste-collection business on social media.

Members of the public reported the fly-tips to Community Protection Officers. Credit: Cornwall Council

On this occasion, he collected construction and domestic waste from several properties around Cornwall, claiming he then tried to dispose of the waste at a Council Household Waste and Recycle Centre, but was unwilling to pay the disposal costs for the building waste and was refused access when it was determined it was trade waste.

Richard Green was given a 12 week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months, ordered to undertake 80 hours non paid work and ordered to pay £1500 in costs and £450 compensation to the land owner for the cost of clearing the fly tip.

The fly tips had been on private land, meaning the landowners were responsible for the cost of clearing the waste by a licenced waste collector.

Cornwall Council say they receive around 4,000 reports of fly tipping on public and private land a year.

They say the cost of collecting and disposing of the fly-tipped waste on public land costs tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds each year.