Community service for Wellingborough fly-tipper

Wellingborough Council's Swanspool House in Wellingborough
Wellingborough Council's Swanspool House in Wellingborough

A persistent fly-tipper has been ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service for dumping waste illegally.

James O’Hagan, of Shelley Road, Wellingborough, was seen last October driving a small tipper truck loaded with garden waste and asbestos roofing sheets.

He was spotted by wardens working for Wellingborough Norse, the company which carries out environmental services on behalf of the council, who recognised him due to a fly-tipping offence in 2011.

On this occasion, O’Hagan was seen loading the rubbish from properties in Northampton Road and Milton Avenue before leaving the town.

He was later seen driving away from Lower Ecton Lane near Ecton with an empty vehicle, and the waste which had been on the truck was found dumped along a track nearby.

O’Hagan was invited to attend an interview with Wellingborough Norse officers, and when he didn’t turn up a case was prepared for prosecution.

He failed to attend court dates in August and September so a warrant was issued for his arrest, and the case was finally heard last month.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of depositing waste illegally under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and received a community penalty order of 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £250 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

At the same time, O’Hagan pleaded not guilty to a separate charge of fly-tipping, which was witnessed by a member of the public last September.

The charge was withdrawn due to possible identification issues.

Cllr Peter Morrall, chairman of Wellingborough Council’s community committee, said: “Fly-tipping is a crime that blights our streets and costs a lot of taxpayers’ money to clear up.

“Reports of fly-tipping are thoroughly investigated and we will prosecute where we can.

“In this case the offender was known to us, but even when we haven’t caught people in the act we will still go through any rubbish we find dumped to try and trace it back to the owner.”