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Fly tipper prosecuted after being caught on CCTV


Fly-tipped waste

On 12 February 2020, we successfully prosecuted Mr William Witney of Halfmoon Lane, Luton for a fly-tipping offence.

Mr Witney was captured on a mobile enforcement camera unlawfully depositing builder type waste from his van at Coles Lane, Flamstead in October 2019. The deposit had to be cleared at our expense. Following further investigation by the Environmental Enforcement Team, we brought a prosecution against Mr Witney for the offence, which was heard at St Albans Magistrates’ Court.

Mr Witney pleaded guilty to the offence and was fined £640. The Court also ordered him to pay the Council’s costs of £848.28 and a victim surcharge of £64.

Cllr Alan Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, said: “We need people to understand that their waste is their responsibility. Anyone offering to take it away has to be registered to carry waste, or it could end up fly tipped, and you could be prosecuted for failing to take reasonable steps to prevent it. If you see fly tipping, please report it on our fly-tipping page.”

We are part of the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group (HFTG). This is a multi-agency taskforce including the borough, district and county councils as well as Hertfordshire Constabulary, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency and the National Farmers' Union.

These organisations have come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly-tipping. The HFTG is delivering improvements in enforcement capability across the county, as well as rolling out new technology to assist in identifying and prosecuting fly-tippers.

The HFTG is also behind the award-winning #SCRAPflytipping campaign, which is used across Hertfordshire to help educate residents, and has been provided to other local authorities across the UK (free of charge) to help promote a consistent message.

For more information search #SCRAPflytipping or visit its website.

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