Man fined over £3,000 for fly-tipping in South Ockendon

A KENT man has been fined and ordered to pay costs and compensation totalling nearly £3,000 after his van was caught on camera fly-tipping tyres in Thurrock.

David Baron Ayers, 69, of Ashgrove Road, Ashford, Kent, denied the offence when he appeared at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (13 January).

The court found he had knowingly allowed his vehicle to be used by others in the offence of fly tipping tyres at Buckles Lane, South Ockendon in August last year.

The court heard Thurrock Council’s Environmental Protection team had received numerous complaints of fly tipping in Buckles Lane, and installed a covert camera in an attempt to catch those responsible.

The camera had photographed a blue transit van and, following a lengthy investigation, the team started the prosecution.

In his defence Ayers claimed the van was left at Buckles Lane for others to use and that he only used it at weekends to take his grandchildren quad biking nearby.

Ayers was found guilty and ordered to pay compensation of £1,457, fined £450 and told to pay a victim surcharge of £45, with costs of £997, totalling £2,949.

Cllr Jane Pothecary, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for public protection, said: “The magistrates said Ayers had been negligent in allowing free access to his vehicle, and the judgment clearly emphasises that vehicle owners have a responsibility to ensure their vehicles are not used for fly tipping.

“Fly-tipping is a scourge on Thurrock, its roads and its environment. The work – and especially the use of covert cameras – that led to this successful outcome should send a message loud and clear: When we catch you, we will prosecute.”

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