Tyre tipper brought to justice

10 Apr 2017

A fly-tipper who left a trail of waste across the Northumberland  countryside was  brought to justice  when he was prosecuted by Northumberland County Council.  

Graham Patterson, 26, of Park View Whitley Bay   has been ordered to pay a total of £1378  and given a three month curfew that means he must reside indoors between the hours of 7pm until 7am and will be monitored by an electronic tag. In December last year the van used during his dumping spree  was seized and destroyed.

Originally from Northumberland  but now living on Tyneside, the offender was caught last year dumping over 100  unwanted tyres  at East Sleekburn and Wansbeck Riverside Country Park.

The fly tipper was traced  following an  investigation by Northumberland County Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team after his vehicle was identified from photographs, CCTV and video footage provided by an independent witness.

Peter Simpson,  Public Health Protection Manager at Northumberland County Council  said:

“Fly-tipping is a very serious offence  because of the damage it causes to the environment, as well as the cost to the taxpayer of clearing and disposing of the waste. This latest successful prosecution is the result of the council’s ongoing zero tolerance approach to fly tipping. Unfortunately the use of illegal waste carriers, often advertising through social media, appears to be on the rise so I would like to remind the public and businesses that the law requires them to only hand over their waste to a registered waste carrier. ”

Members of the public and  businesses who are getting waste removed independently are advised to  ask to see the  operator’s waste carrier licence and whether the  waste is being taken to an authorised site.