Shed load of costs for fly tipping in Mildenhall

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Two dog walkers who spotted a man fly-tipping in Mildenhall, have been praised after the information they gave led to him being ordered to pay nearly £1,000.

The pair had been walking their dogs near Thetford Road, Mildenhall, when they saw a man dump parts of an old shed in a layby, Bury St Edmunds magistrates heard.

The court was told that when the dog walkers confronted the man he drove off.

Nigel Dulieu, prosecuting for Forest Heath District Council, said the two witnesses reported the company van’s details to the council’s enforcement officer Dominic Owner.

On Thursday, Jeakins of Mildenhall Road, Littleport, pleaded guilty to depositing controlled waste without an environmental permit in April.

Mr Dulieu said Jeakins told the council he had bought the shed earlier that day, had stopped in the layby while his partner changed their daughter’s nappy, and then realised the shed was not in as good a condition as he first thought so decided to dump part it,

Mr Dulieu said Jeakins expressed regret, saying he had never done anything like it before.

Magistrates fined Jeakins £250 and ordered him to pay a court charge of £180, a victim surcharge of £25 and council costs of £524.54.

Afterwards Cllr David Bowman, Forest Heath Cabinet Member for Operations said: “I would like to thank the two residents who spotted this and called it in. If it wasn’t for them, this fly tipper may have got away with dumping this rubbish, leaving the taxpayer with the clean up bill.

“It simply isn’t on and thankfully in this case it is the flytipper who has been left with the hefty bill.”

“We had 237 incidents of flytipping in Forest Heath in 2014/15 costing a little under £12,000 to clear while nationally local authorities spent £50 million disposing of illegally dumped waste.”