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CCTV captures moment 'large amount' of rubbish is dumped at Gloucester nature reserve

CCTV footage has captured the moment "a large amount of waste" was fly-tipped from a car in a nature reserve in Gloucester.

A number of items were removed from the boot of the car and thrown into bushes of a car park in Matson Lane.

A woman has since been ordered to pay £560 after pleading guilty to fly-tipping.

The minute long video shows a number of items being dumped. Credit: Gloucestershire County Council

Julie Eastwood was issued with a fixed penalty notice after the footage was captured. Though the 40-year-old wasn't driving the car, the vehicle was registered to her and she didn't give details about the driver in the footage.

After failing to pay the fine, Gloucester City Council prosecuted Eastwood under the Environmental Protection Act.

The mother-of-four pleaded guilty but added she was "not aware" of the signs at the car park warning people that fly tipping is illegal.

The incident took place in December 2018. Credit: Gloucestershire County Council

The court heard Eastwood was new to the area and thought rubbish could be left at Matson Car Park where it would then be collected.

The court was also told she previously lived in London - where the council would come and collect any extra rubbish.

Gloucester City Council says the fine "sends out a clear message" to other would-be fly-tippers.

We will not tolerate people disposing of their waste in this manner and this fine sends out a clear message that you will be punished by the courts. Gloucester City Council spends more than £1million a year cleaning up litter and fly tipping from its streets and we are determined to stamp it out. Fly tippers should think twice about their actions as they will be prosecuted.

– Cllr Richard Cook, Member for environment

Eastwood said she now understands she should take any extra waste to a recycling centre.

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