A fly-tipper who illegally dumped rubbish on a Warrington housing estate has been successfully prosecuted, following an investigation by the Council’s environmental crime team.
Phillip Bishop, 37, of Watkin Street, Fairfield and Howley, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping offences at Warrington Magistrates Court on 27 February. He was given a fine of £200, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30, along with investigation/clean-up costs of £172.50 and £350 legal costs.
Mr Bishop agreed to pay the total of £752.50 in instalments, with the first instalment to be paid within 14 days.
The court heard that on 25 May 2018, Mr Bishop borrowed a van from a friend, for the purposes of removing waste for another friend, whom he charged £50 for the service. He then illegally deposited the waste on a terraced housing estate at Mason Street and Villars Street, Howley.
Local residents were disturbed by the noise of the waste being tipped and managed to prevent Mr Bishop from escaping in his vehicle. As a result, he ran off. The police were called, and the vehicle being used was seized.
An investigation by Warrington Borough Council’s environmental crime team – who used powers requiring the registered keeper to provide details of the person in charge of the vehicle - identified Mr Bishop to be controlling the van at the time of the offence.
Mr Bishop was prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, section 33.
Cllr Judith Guthrie, Warrington Borough Council’s executive board member for environment and public protection, said: “This is a good example of the strong action we are taking against those who deliberately blight our neighbourhoods.
“Our message to people like Mr Bishop is clear – fly-tipping will not be tolerated, and you risk prosecution and a large fine. We all have a responsibility to keep our borough clean and tidy, and I would urge the public to continue to work with us to identify those who show disregard to the people of Warrington with these actions.”
Fly-tipping issues can be reported online at www.warrington.gov.uk/flytipping