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Fly-Tipper Sentenced to Community Order

  • Fly-Tipped Rubbish in Newtown Linford

A fly-tipper has been given a 12-month community order for his “blatant, stupid and lazy” actions following a prosecution by Charnwood Borough Council.

Gavin Davis, 37, of Saunderson Road, Leicester, fitted a kitchen in a home in Shepshed but dumped waste from the job in a field in Newtown Linford.

Davis, admitted fly-tipping at Leicester Magistrates’ Court and was ordered to complete a community order involving 100 hours of unpaid work as well as pay £100 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

The court was told that in February 2016, Charnwood Borough Council received a report of a large amount of rubbish being found in a private field entrance in Benscliffe Road.

Officers went to the site and found a sink, kitchen unit doors and worktops, cooker packaging and other household waste. Some of the packaging contained a name and order number and they were able to trace it to an address in Shepshed.

Officers contacted the homeowner who said she had employed Davis to fit a new kitchen.

Davis was invited to two interviews with council officers but failed to attend both.

The court was told Davis, who is currently not working because he wrote his van off a few weeks ago, did not appreciate the consequences of fly-tipping and was not motivated by financial gain, but more out of pure laziness. Magistrates were told Davis had not offended since 2013 and he expressed remorse at his actions through his solicitor.

Magistrates said the fly-tip was a “blatant” action and that while he was remorseful now it “was a stupid thing to do”.

Following the hearing, Charnwood borough councillor David Hayes, Deputy Lead Member with responsibility for Regulatory Services, said: “We will not tolerate fly-tipping in Charnwood and we will continue to prosecute offenders. Hopefully this latest court case continues to make that message loud and clear.

“Commercial waste must be disposed of in the proper way and not simply thrown in a field to become a blight on our landscape. I would strongly urge people to save themselves time, money and their reputation by following the law and not risking legal action.”

If you spot any fly-tipped waste, please call the borough council on 01509 634563 or use our online reporting form www.charnwood.gov.uk/fly_tipping.

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