Two prosecuted in court following fly-tipping offences

Published: Thursday, 11th April 2019

Two men have been ordered to pay more than £1,600 by magistrates after failing to supply information about fly-tipping offences in Stoke-on-Trent.

They were taken to court and successfully prosecuted following investigations by Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s environmental crime officers into the incidents in Shelton and Cobridge.

At North Staffordshire Justice Centre on April 2:

  • Constantin-Cosmin Nitu was fined £220 and ordered to pay £605 in costs after a cardboard box filled with domestic waste was found in an alleyway behind Darnley Street, in Shelton. Nitu, who did not attend court, was prosecuted after failing to co-operate with city council investigators, who were looking into the fly-tip that was discovered on January 22 this year. Nitu, of Darnley Street, did not attend an interview after the council wrote to him. The council then sent him a notice requesting information under Section 108 of the Environment Act 1995, but he failed to respond. He was then informed of the council’s intention to take the matter to court.
  • Ryan Bushell was fined £220 and ordered to pay £559 in costs after several bags of rubbish were found in an alleyway behind Grove Street, Cobridge. Bushell, who did not attend court, was prosecuted after failing to co-operate with city council investigators, who were looking into the fly-tip that was discovered on June 20 last year. Bushell, of Grove Street, did not attend an interview after the council wrote to him. The council then sent him a notice requesting information under Section 108 of the Environment Act 1995, but again he did not respond. He was then informed of the council’s intention to take the matter to court.

A city council spokesman said: “Fly-tipping is an anti-social crime, which costs councils millions of pounds a year to deal with and is also harmful to the environment and community. We only take court action as a last resort but we are clear there is absolutely no excuse for illegally dumping waste in our city, and we hope the court results will deter others from breaking the law. Everyone has a duty to dispose of their waste in a responsible and legal way.”

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