Residents in East Durham are being warned about the consequences of fly tipping if they’re caught.
It comes as a man was ordered to pay more than £1,500 and left with a criminal record after being caught fly-tipping on CCTV.
Adam Silliker, 26, from Station Street in Tow Law, was filmed dumping a large amount of waste from his Volkswagen van in the Roddymoor Road area of Mile Lonnen in Crook on November 5 2016.
After viewing CCTV of the area and seeing a driver and male passenger get out of the vehicle to deposit the waste at the side of the road, a Durham County Council neighbourhood warden made enquiries and found Silliker to be the owner of the van.
Upon being asked to attend an interview, Silliker contacted the warden and was interviewed under caution where he acknowledged responsibility for depositing the waste but stated he was not responsible for all of the rubbish at the site.
At Newton Aycliffe Magistrates court on Wednesday, Silliker pleaded guilty and was fined £1,330 – reduced from £2,000 because of his early guilty plea.
He was also ordered to pay legal costs of £130, investigation costs of £186.51 and a victim surcharge of £130.
The prosecution is part of the council’s Operation Stop It! campaign, which sees it work with Durham Police, the Environment Agency and Crimestoppers to crack down on fly-tipping.
Ian Hoult, Durham County Council’s neighbourhood protection manager, said: “The vast majority of people do the right thing and get rid of their waste legally.
“However, a small number of people continue to fly-tip and although Silliker admitted his guilt, that does not detract from the fact his actions were highly irresponsible.
“We hope that the penalty imposed on him will deter anyone else from blighting our landscape and shows we are serious when we say people will not get away with fly-tipping.”
The council is also encouraging people to take responsibility for their own waste items as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s #CrimeNotToCare campaign, warning people that they are accountable in law if their waste is fly-tipped by a third party.
There are various ways people can dispose of their waste across the county, from kerbside collections, our bulky household collection service, through to disposing at one of our free household waste recycling centres.
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