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.