North Norfolk fly-tipper flushed out - after covering Northrepps beauty spot in toilet roll
PUBLISHED: 08:29 19 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:39 19 August 2017
A fly-tipper who dumped a wardrobe at a local beauty spot was flushed out when he returned to “cover the area with toilet roll”.
North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) confirmed the man was caught on CCTV triggered by his vehicle after driving to an area close to Northrepps Cottage, near Cromer.
And he returned the following month after receiving a letter from the local authority inviting him to come in for an interview under caution.
The incidents took place in July and August last year and the fly-tipper, whose name hasn’t been released by the council, was fined a total of £470 for the offences when he was brought before magistrates in Norwich this month.
The council warned it is determined to clampdown on the anti-social behaviour.
Councillor Annie Claussen-Reynolds, Cabinet Member for Waste and Environmental Services at NNDC, said: “Fly-tipping on private land is a big issue and is a selfish act which can damage the environment.
“The Council is determined to tackle the problem and is hoping to work more closely with landowners on projects in hotspot fly-tipping areas.
“We would encourage landowners to contact us if they have fly tipping issues on their land and we can work with them to find a solution.”
Local landowner Simon Gurney installed the cameras due to a history of fly tipping on his land.
He has been managing a landscape restoration scheme in the area which was designed back in 1790 by Humphry Repton, who is considered the last great landscape gardener of the 18th Century.
Mr Gurney said: “Many landowners are suffering at the hands of fly-tippers.
“As well as being unsightly, this crime can cost landowners lots of money in clear up costs.
“If fly tipped waste isn’t cleared up, landowners can be prosecuted under illegal storage of waste legislation – which is obviously massively unfair.
“By working with the local authority in this case we managed to get a positive result which shows fly tipping will not be tolerated in North Norfolk.”
Local residents are being urged to report any instances of fly-tipping they see by calling NNDC’s Environmental Protection Team on 01263 516085.