Flytipper finally brought to justice

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A man has been prosecuted by Wellingborough Council for flytipping offences committed three years ago.

Martin Baird, of Victoria Street, Irthlingborough, was first investigated after general building and office waste was found dumped in Niort Way, Wellingborough, in October 2010.

Council officers traced the waste to a business in Kettering and discovered that Baird had been paid to remove and dispose of the material.

When he was interviewed by the council, Baird claimed that he had taken the waste to his lock-up garage in Finedon and then paid someone else to dispose of it. He said that he had no details of the person who took the waste from the garage, other than he was driving a white van. As Baird couldn’t produce a waste transfer note or receipt to document that someone else had taken on responsibility for the rubbish, he was issued with a £300 fixed penalty notice for failure to comply with his duty of care. When the fixed penalty notice went unpaid, the council prepared a case for prosecution.

Baird failed to turn up at court, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He couldn’t be found at his known address and it wasn’t until 28 October this year – three years after the offence was committed – that Baird was caught and finally brought before the Northampton Magistrates Court. He pleaded guilty and was fined £350 and ordered to pay £250 costs and £15 victim surcharge.

Mark Reneerkens, from Wellingborough Norse, the company that carries out environmental enforcement on behalf of the council, said: “We’re really pleased that Martin Baird has eventually been dealt with by the court. Flytipping is a crime and people need to be aware that if waste is dumped illegally they can still be prosecuted, even if it’s not their rubbish. We would advise anyone who’s paying someone else to take their rubbish away that they need to make sure that they get a receipt or a waste transfer note, to show that they have taken all the necessary steps to ensure the waste is disposed of responsibly.”