Grays fly-tipper fined

A 36-year-old man from Grays has been fined £200 and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £15 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to fly tipping.

Grant Clarke, of Crammavill Street, appeared at Basildon Magistrates Court on Wednesday May 18th.

The court heard he was witnessed dumping a boot load of rubbish at the side of Gumley Road, Grays, by Essex Police in October 2010.

The successful prosecution follows a joint investigation by Thurrock Council’s Community Protection Team and Essex Police.

A second man failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Thurrock Council Head of Public Protection Manager Lucy Magill said: “Fly tipping is something our residents highlight as one of their highest priorities – understandably as it is both unsightly and unhygienic. This prosecution is one more success in our battle against fly tippers and the result of partnership working between the Thurrock’s Community Protection Team and Essex Police.”

Reports from the public on fly tipping in Thurrock fell by nearly 30 per cent in 2010/11 compared with the previous year from 1,998 to 1,418. Joint operations between Thurrock Council and Essex Police are targeting people carrying waste to ensure they have the proper licenses to dispose of rubbish. Essex Police are also using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) to identify persistent offenders. Anyone carrying waste without a valid waste carriers licence can be fined up to £50,000.

Householders are also reminded that if they pay an unlicensed carrier to take waste away they are committing an offence. They can be prosecuted for this as well as for a separate offence if rubbish found dumped is traced back to them.

Fly tipping should be reported on 01375 652955.

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