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Man fined £400 after fly-tip caught on resident’s camera

Published: Wednesday, 17th June 2020

A man has been fined £400 for fly-tipping in Stoke-on-Trent – less than a fortnight after a resident reported the incident to the city council.

The waste, including rubble, a baby seat, household rubbish and an old TV, was dumped in a communal bin area at a block of flats near the city centre on May 30 in broad daylight. Using footage captured by a local resident, council environmental crime investigators found the car involved was a rental vehicle and traced it back to the hire company. They then served a notice on the business making them release details on who was in control of the car at the time.

After receiving the information from the company, the city council last week issued a £400 fine to the person responsible for the vehicle on the day of the offence. The man, who lives in Stoke-on-Trent, was fined under Section 33 (5) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Now the city council is highlighting the fine as an example of how residents and the authority can work together to hold those who blight the city and its communities with fly-tipping to account. 

Cllr Carl Edwards, cabinet member for environment, said: “We know the vast majority of our residents are as sick and tired and disgusted of fly-tipping in the city as we are. This is a great example of the public and council working together to hold people who are blighting our communities with fly-tipping to account. Thanks to information received from a member of the public in this case, we have been able to hand out a fine for this offence. This shows what we can do when we work together, and how quickly we will move to punish fly-tippers. I hope it gives the public confidence to keep reporting fly-tipping to us and gathering bits of information and intelligence so we can make sure people pay for their actions. The resident’s photos were critical in this case and I’d like to thank them for their assistance.

“This fine is the latest of 138 we have issued for fly-tipping since the lockdown measures were introduced. There is never an excuse for fly-tipping, especially now both the city’s tips are open for residents to legally dispose of their waste. In this particular case the person drove out of their way to dump their rubbish on someone else’s doorstep, which is as brazen as it is shameless, when they could just as easily have driven to the tip. People who fly-tip have no respect for the city or our communities.”

Residents can report fly-tipping quickly and easily via the MyStoke App, online or by calling 01782 234234.

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