Big fine for fly-tipper who dumped waste behind Thrapston’s library

An Islip man has been fined for dumping rubbish behind Thrapston’s library.

Thursday, 31st January 2019, 10:14 am
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 7:00 pm
The dumped waste.

Justin Lee Spencer went to the trouble of putting his waste in black bags and tying them up - only to leave them on the pavement in Cosy Nook.

The waste was traced back to his address and he was taken to court for failing to comply with a section 108 notice issued by East Northamptonshire Council in connection with illegally discarded waste.

Officers served Spencer with a section 108 notice under the Environmental Act 1995 when he failed to respond to letters from the council.

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He denied the charge but was found guilty at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on January 21.

Magistrates ordered him to pay a total of £680.

Steven North, leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “Fly-tipping is irresponsible and has a highly negative impact on our beautiful district.

“The message is simple, dispose of your rubbish legally or run the risk of a hefty fine.”

Charlotte Tompkins, waste manager at East Northamptonshire Council, said: “Our officers will continue to investigate all reports of illegally dumped waste and take action, where necessary, to prosecute fly-tippers.

“Fly-tipping can cost individuals hundreds of pounds in charges and legal fees, so I would urge everyone to think again before disposing of their waste on public land.”

Any fly-tipping offences can be reported offences online at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/flytipping or by calling 01832 742026.

To get rid of unwanted waste responsibly, visit one of Northamptonshire County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres, or visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/bulkywaste to find out about ENC’s bulky waste collection service.