A man has been successfully prosecuted after cameras hidden in Stapleford Woods, close to Newark, caught him fly tipping.
Jacob Beech, 19 of Ropewalk Farm, Tolney Lane, Newark was found guilty by Lincoln Magistrates Court (Tuesday August 7) after footage of a vehicle registered to him was seen disposing of a large number of car tyres in Stapleford Woods on 17 December 2016.
He was charged under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for knowingly causing or permitting controlled waste to be deposited on land without a permit, and under Section 110 Environment Act 1995 for failing to comply with a request for information under Section 108.
Despite initially denying he had ever visited the location Beech pleaded guilty to both offences after the prosecution outlined how the offence was a deliberate one – he had headed to the location for the purpose of disposing of the tyres. The amount of waste was significant and could have had a greater impact on the environment.
The Section 110 was issued after he failed to supply further evidence to support his claim that he was with a friend whilst in the vehicle concerned, which would help Officers to follow up with further enquiries about the fly tipping; however, despite several requests for the information this did not transpire.
The investigating officer had reasonable grounds to believe that vehicle was used in the commission of the offence of depositing waste, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 33(1)(a), and that same vehicle did belong to Jacob Beech.
Beech received an 18-week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay £1539.31 in costs.
Councillor Pete Burley, NKDC’s Executive Board member with a special interest for enforcement said: “This has been a deliberate act of fly tipping in our district, and we will always take action where possible. Our officers have been thorough and successful in the prosecution of this Newark resident.
We urge anyone who is disposing of waste to do so legally. We have a beautiful district and together we should look after it.”
NKDC will take action against anyone fly tipping in the District as not only is it unsightly, it is also costly to the taxpayer. Last year the authority responded to almost 1,000 incidents of reported fly-tipping, spending nearly £75,000 on its investigation and removal.