A 27-year-old man who was caught dumping rubbish in an area of forest has been fined more than £500.

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Nicholas Stratton, from Blo Norton, was ordered to pay £562 by King’s Lynn Magistrates for fly-tipping after he dumped waste at Bambridge Lane, Hockham.

Mr Stratton pleaded guilty to depositing items including tyres, an animal cage and bags of household waste at the Forestry Commission owned site.

He was interviewed at Thetford Police Station on September 9, where he plead guilty to the charges.

His early guilty plea was taken into account by magistrates.

In all, he was also given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay Breckland Council’s investigation and clear up costs of £562.00.

Councillor Lynda Turner, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Community and Environmental Services said: “Fly tipping is an irresponsible and anti-social offence that costs Breckland council tax payers many thousands of pounds every year. The Council is committed to protecting and enhancing the local environment and will investigate and prosecute those responsible for fly tipping and breaching their duty of care.”

There are over 1,300 fly tipping incidents in Breckland annually, and this costs the Council over £58,000 per year for investigation and removal. To report a fly tipping offence, call 01362 656878.

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