Great Yarmouth Borough Council convicts trio of crimes against environment

Waste dumped at Woodfarm Lane. Picture: GYBC

Waste dumped at Woodfarm Lane. Picture: GYBC - Credit: GYBC

Three people were fined for crimes against the environment in one day, after being convicted by Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

Waste dumped at Lound Lakes. Picture: Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Waste dumped at Lound Lakes. Picture: Great Yarmouth Borough Council - Credit: GYBC

The council has reminded people of the costs of environmental crimes, such as dog-fouling and failing to control household waste, after securing three successful prosecutions at Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court.

Two people were convicted of breaching the householder duty of care, while a third pleaded guilty to dog-fouling, as the council brought the trio of matters to court.

On October 30, Lorraine Venning, of Parkland Drive, Bradwell, allowed a collector to remove waste from her home without checking the person was registered.

When the waste was found dumped in Woodfarm Lane, the council's environmental services department was able to trace the waste to Venning, who was subsequently prosecuted.

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While there is no suggesting she fly-tipped the waste herself, she was fined £300 and told to compensate the council £15 for the clean-up. She was also ordered to pay £582.60 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

John Harrington, 44 of Rushton Drive, Carlton Colville pleaded guilty to breaching householder duty of care after paying a man to dispose of waste without checking he was licensed.

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His waste, which was found at Longfullans Lane, Hopton, Hall Road, Lound, and Lounds Lake was also traced to him by environmental rangers, again with no suggestion that he personally fly-tipped it.

He was fined £200, told to compensate the council £55, ordered to pay £275 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Paul Winfield, 65 of Church Road Blofield, pleaded guilty by post to a dog-fouling offence, after allowing one of his two dogs to poo near Skippers Walk at Caister Lifeboat Shed on September 13.

He was fined £275, told to pay £150 costs and a £30 surcharge.

Carl Smith, chairman of the environment committee, said: 'Environmental offences pollute communities and the environment, in addition to wasting taxpayers' money in clear-up costs. Prosecution is an important part of the environmental rangers' work to educate people about disposing of their waste responsibly and the costs of not doing so.

If you witness an environmental crime, call 01493 846478..

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