Fly-tipper caught on camera
Successful prosecution after fly-tipper was caught on community centre CCTV.
Tony Poulton of Orlando Drive, Warrington, pleaded guilty to offences under section 33 and section 71 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Earlier this year, PCSO Burke attended Radley Common Community Centre to be told by a member of the management group that two large plastic items had been dumped on the car park.
After looking through the CCTV footage it was discovered that, on Monday 10 March, a silver Vauxhall Astra pulled up outside the centre in Orford and removed two large pieces of plastic from the rear of the car. The driver then left the items on the car park, returned to the vehicle and drove away. PCSO Burke notified the Council’s environmental crime team and an investigation was opened.
The vehicle’s registration number was traced to Mr Poulton’s address and a notice was sent, under section 71 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, asking the registered keeper to provide details of who was in control of the vehicle at the time of the offence.
The notice was not adhered to and the registered keeper was invited to an interview with one of the Council’s environmental crime officers to discuss the matter further. Mr Poulton, as the registered keeper of the vehicle, failed to attend the interview so questions were sent out in writing and again no response was received.
Mr Poulton was summoned to attend Warrington Magistrates Court on Wednesday 25 October. He failed to attend and was written to by the courts stating he must attend the next hearing on 7 November or an arrest warrant would be issued.
Again, Mr Poulton failed to attend court and was arrested on Thursday 8 November where he pleaded guilty to both offences – one of the illegal deposit of waste and the other of failing to respond to a notice.
Mr Poulton was ordered to pay a £200 fine, £30 victim surcharge and £700 towards prosecution costs.
Cllr Judith Guthrie, executive board member for environment and public protection, said: “I would like to thank the council’s environmental crime officers for taking action in cases like this to deal with those who deliberately blight our neighbourhoods.
“If you witness or know of any fly-tipping incidents in your area we welcome any information from residents, in as much detail as possible, which could help us identify who is responsible. By identifying those responsible, they can be made accountable for their actions and an example to others to prevent future occurrences. Fly-tipping issues can be reported online at warrington.gov.uk/flytipping.”