Serial fly tipper brought to justice
23 May 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.
Lee Green 28, of Anton Place, Cramlington pleaded guilty to six fly tipping offences and two (specimen) waste carrier offences that took place in January and February of this year.
He was ordered to pay a total of £3,061 costs and compensation and he was given a 12 month community order, as well as a 2 month curfew order which means that he must reside indoors between the hours of 9pm and 6am and this will be monitored by an electronic tag. The van used during his dumping spree has also been seized and destroyed.
Mr Green, who was not a licensed waste carrier, had been advertising house clearance services on social media but he fly tipped the waste, some of which came from as far as Newcastle and Jarrow, in the Northumberland countryside.
He was caught and convicted after an investigation by environmental enforcement officers of Northumberland County Council’s Public Health Protection Unit.
They collected evidence from six separate fly-tipping incidents in Blyth, Cramlington, Bedlington Country Park and Swarland from which they were able to identify the homes the material originated and trace the tipping offences back to Mr Green.
In February Mr Green’s van was seized, and later crushed, following a joint operation between Northumbria Police and Northumberland County Council.
Peter Simpson, Public Health Protection Manager at Northumberland County Council said:
“ Fly tipping is a serious environmental crime and the Council has a zero tolerance approach towards perpetrators and will prosecute offenders to make sure they pay for their crimes.”
The use of illegal waste carriers in the county, often advertising through social media, appears to be on the rise.
Residents are advised that if they are to use an independent waste carrier they must always ask to see the operator’s waste carrier licence which is issued by the Environment Agency and the relevant waste transfer notes. This is really important because if residents make the mistake of employing an unscrupulous operator and their waste is dumped illegally - they are committing an offence and could also face a fine.
Householders should be particularly wary of businesses that only operate through social media and do not seem to have a landline phone number or business address. They should also be wary of anyone coming to their door offering to take away rubbish on the cheap.” added Peter Simpson.
In the year 2015/16 the county council spent £130,640 disposing of fly-tipped waste and received 2060 fly tipping reports.