Man fined for dumping rubbish at beauty spot
PUBLISHED: 13:35 21 January 2020 | UPDATED: 13:35 21 January 2020
A man has been fined for fly-tipping household waste at a scenic beauty spot.
The rubbish, including a mattress, cardboard boxes and other waste, was found dumped on a long hedgerow close to Swanton Morley Fishing Lakes on Tuesday, January 14.
It was reported by a member of the public to Breckland Council's enforcement team, who conducted an in-depth investigation and found significant evidence leading them back to the original owner.
The owner, a man from Diss, was in the process of moving house and the fly-tip had been carried out by a family member without his permission.
Having been traced and spoken to by Friday, January 17, the man refused to name the responsible family member and instead accepted a £300 fine as the legal owner of the waste.
Alison Webb, Breckland Council's executive member for housing, health and environment, said: "It is simply heartbreaking to see the damage to the local environment through this reckless fly-tipping.
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"Our enforcement team are out investigating daily and ensuring those who are responsible are brought to justice. Once again we have identified a fly-tip where the waste could have simply been taken to the recycling centre for free.
"Now the waste owner has a £300 fine, which I hope will make him reflect in the future and understand that Breckland residents and the district council will not tolerate fly-tipping."
The waste owner, who, according to Breckland Council, has been "remorseful" for his actions, has agreed to remove the rubbish from the hedges and dispose of it legally at a recycling centre.
The rubbish would have previously been accepted for free and recycled correctly.
If the man does not pay the £300 fine within 10 working days, the amount will rise to £400.
Earlier this month, a man from South Creake was ordered to pay £2,900 in compensation and legal costs after being found guilty of dumping a large amount of rubbish from Norwich in a field near Fakenham.
John Isaac McPhee, 36, appeared at Norwich Magistrates' Court and admitted to knowingly causing or permitting the fly-tip.
Residents in Breckland can report fly-tipping via Breckland Council's website.