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Hemel resident fined for Flamstead fly-tipping offence


Fly-tipped rubbish

We've successfully prosecuted Kirsty Jenkins of Hemel Hempstead for a fly-tipping offence, which occurred on or before 23 March 2021 in Puddephats Lane, Flamstead.

Our Environmental Enforcement Officer inspected waste found in the lane and found it contained documents and envelopes with Jenkins’ address on them. We issued Jenkins with a £300 Fixed Penalty Notice for failing to demonstrate her duty of care responsibilities when disposing of the waste but this was not paid.

We were then obliged to seek prosecution for the offence and Jenkins subsequently pleaded guilty at St Albans Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 29 September 2021. Jenkins stated that she had paid someone else to dispose of the waste but it was not intended for this to be disposed of unlawfully and did not want to name and involve the individual who had taken the waste. The Court ordered Jenkins to pay a fine of £200, a victim surcharge of £44 and costs of £566.48.

Cllr Julie Banks, our Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory 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 via our online reporting tool by visiting our Fly-tipping web page.”