Repeat fly-tipper fined after investigation

Fly-tipped rubbish

A Luton man has been successfully prosecuted for fly-tipping, just five months after committing a similar offence.

William Witney of Halfmoon Lane, Luton, was prosecuted for fly-tipping on 22 July 2020. He had also been prosecuted by us in February this year for a similar offence after being caught on a council surveillance camera.

On this latest occasion, correspondence was found within fly-tipped waste in Pepsal End Lane near Markyate on 30 December 2019 which related to Witney. The deposit had to be cleared at our expense. Following further investigation by our Environmental Enforcement Team, we brought a prosecution against Witney for the offence, which was heard at St Albans Magistrates’ Court.

Witney pleaded guilty and was fined £533. He was also ordered to pay our costs of £1,000 and a victim surcharge of £53. Due to his repeat offending, he was also handed a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) for two years. A CBO is an order designed to tackle the most serious and persistent anti-social individuals. Breaching the conditions of the order can lead to imprisonment, an unlimited fine or both.

Cllr Alan Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, said: “This conviction shows how seriously this crime is now considered, and the sentence imposed on William Witney sends out a clear message to others not to commit fly-tipping offences.

"Dacorum is a beautiful place to live, and we will continue to work hard to keep it this way. Dumping rubbish isn't tolerated under any circumstances, and we will use evidence to prosecute.

"We need people to understand that their waste is their responsibility. Anyone offering to take it away has to be registered to carry waste, or it could end up fly-tipped, and you could be prosecuted for failing to take reasonable steps to prevent it. If you see fly-tipping, please report it via our online reporting tool."

We are part of The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group (HFTG). This is a multi-agency taskforce including the borough, district and county councils as well as Hertfordshire Constabulary, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency and the National Farmers' Union.

These organisations have come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly-tipping. The HFTG is delivering improvements in enforcement capability across the county, as well as rolling out new technology to assist in identifying and prosecuting fly-tippers.

The HFTG is also behind the award-winning #SCRAPflytipping campaign, which is used across Hertfordshire to help educate residents, and has been provided to other local authorities across the UK (free of charge) to help promote a consistent message.

For more information search #SCRAPflytipping or visit its SCRAP website.

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