Fly-tipping costs Weston man thousands

Fly tipping at South Hill Farm in Bleadon.

Fly tipping at South Hill Farm in Bleadon. - Credit: Sub

A WESTON man has paid more than £4,000 in fines and costs for fly-tipping.

Paul Allen, of Upper Church Road, appeared at North Somerset Magistrates Court on January 28 following a length-investigation by police and North Somerset Council.

In August, 2012, the council received reports of fly-tipping on land at South Hill Farm in Bleadon and enquiries led to Allen, who admitted he collected waste from a skip in Milton and dumped it on the farmland.

He first pleaded not guilty to the charge, but changed his plea to guilty, and was fined £175 for the offence, £20 in victim surcharge, £302 for clearance costs and £4,000 in costs to the council.

Cllr Peter Bryant said: “This was a protracted enquiry, but our officers were tenacious and were successful in getting this case to court.

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“This case shows we will investigate and prosecute those who blight our towns and villages by dumping waste.

“I would ask all law-abiding citizens to be extra vigilant and report any violations to us.”

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