Family fined for dumping mattress and bedding
- Credit: Breckland Council
A person who dumped a mattress and bedding has been fined.
An investigation began after Thetford Town Council reported that a large amount of household waste had been stacked next to a public bin on Dane Close in Thetford, near to a busy pathway and open playing space.
After making widespread enquiries, Breckland Council discovered a local resident was responsible and they admitted their guilt while being interviewed.
Enforcement officers described the individual responsible as being "incredibly remorseful" and fully compliant, which led to a quick resolution to the case.
As a result of their cooperation and personal circumstances, the resident was given advice and education on how to correctly dispose of their waste locally and safely, ensuring similar incidents do not t occur again.
They were fined £300 for fly-tipping, while another family member was fined £60 for misuse of a public bin as they had deposited household waste in a bin designed for street litter.
A further family member, who was under 16, was advised on how to deal with waste and given a warning about fly-tipping.
- 1 Work started on four new homes without permission
- 2 Woman has heart attack and dies in ambulance waiting for a hospital bed
- 3 Flight bound for Norwich turns back to Aberdeen
- 4 Murder investigation launched after body of man found in Norwich flat
- 5 Holt Hall for sale after years of uncertainty
- 6 Christmas craft, food and gift fair returning to Norfolk estate
- 7 Mum's heartfelt tribute to daughter who died in A47 collision
- 8 Jets heard roaring over Norwich for training exercise
- 9 Man who died after a medical episode in Hopton identified
- 10 Who can get a Covid booster jab and how can I book one?
Gordon Bambridge, Breckland Council's executive member for environmental and public protection, said: "Our officers have taken time to work with this household and educate them on how to correctly dispose of their waste.
"I hope this professional support will ensure no further fly-tipping incidents take place in the future."
The district council is reminding people that leaving unwanted furniture items on public land with signs advertising them as 'free' could be considered fly-tipping, and that any 'free items' left outside must remain within the boundary of residents' property.
Offering items to charity, taking them for free to a recycling centre or arranging a bulky waste collection are recommended as safe and legal alternatives.
Mr Bambridge added: "As we head into the festive period, I'd like to appeal to everybody to do what they can to reduce their waste where possible, reuse what they can and recycle waste properly by making full use of the local recycling centres and household recycling bins."
Anyone who witnesses fly-tipping or finds rubbish that has been dumped can report it via the Breckland Council website.