Hefty fines for flytippers

PUBLISHED: 11:14 14 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:24 31 May 2010

THOUGHTLESSLY dumping bags of household waste in villages in the Reporter area has led to two Sawston residents receiving hefty fines and criminal records. Sharon Williams, 33, and 28-year-old Peter Garrett, 69, both of Fairfields, Sawston, pleaded guilty

THOUGHTLESSLY dumping bags of household waste in villages in the Reporter area has led to two Sawston residents receiving hefty fines and criminal records.

Sharon Williams, 33, and 28-year-old Peter Garrett, 69, both of Fairfields, Sawston, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping charges when they faced magistrates in Cambridge.

The dumping duo were each fined £500, ordered to pay £200 in costs and charged £15 which will go towards compensating victims of crime. In total, the fly-tippers will pay £715 each.

South Cambridgeshire District Cllr Daphne Spink, portfolio holder for housing and environmental services, said: "I hope this case will act as a warning to others that dumping rubbish is simply not the answer to the problem of having too much waste.

"We have two household waste recycling centres in the district in Thriplow and Milton, where residents can take their excess waste."

South Cambridgeshire District Council was called by a member of the public in December last year. The caller notified them that 13 bags of rubbish had been dumped in Pampisford. A second caller the next day informed the council that a further eight bags had been left between Hildersham and Balsham.

A council officer went through the bags looking for clues and found a letter that pointed to Williams' address. After council staff visited her house, it transpired that she and Garrett had travelled together to discard their waste in the countryside.

Cllr Spink said: "Our officers are working hard to ensure that those who illegally dump rubbish pay the penalty and we will continue to actively identify and prosecute those who consider fly-tipping an acceptable practice.

"It is our aim to find all those who carry out fly-tipping and create a better environment for residents and visitors to the district."

Anyone who is found to have illegally dumped rubbish will be prosecuted under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and could face a fine of up to £20,000 and six months' imprisonment.

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