Man fined £800 for dumping waste in someone else’s skip in Great Yarmouth
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A man who illegally dumped waste in a someone else's skip has been fined £800.
Ali Mulla was caught following an investigation by Great Yarmouth borough council's Environmental Rangers, was ordered by magistrates to pay Yarco Fencing and Gates Ltd compensation towards the cost of the skip.
Great Yarmouth's Environmental Services department, which has one of Norfolk's best records for enforcement on environmental crimes, continues to appeal for public information to target those who do not dispose of their waste responsibly.
Where there is adequate evidence and where appropriate, the borough council prosecutes for fly-tipping, and names and shames those convicted, to support its Environmental Rangers' work to educate people about disposing of waste responsibly – and the consequences of not doing so.
In the early hours of May 30, Ali Mulla, and unknown others, were seen to pull up in a vehicle near a skip on the Gapton Industrial Estate and unload rubbish into the disposal facility, which belonged to Yarco Fencing and Gates Ltd.
The offence, which was captured on CCTV, was reported to the Environmental Rangers, who investigated and brought a prosecution against Mr Mulla, of Ellis Road, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex. The other people could not be identified.
On November 8 at Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court, Mr Mulla pleaded guilty to fly-tipping. He was fined £210 and told to pay £480 costs, plus £124 in compensation and a £30 victim surcharge.
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One of the borough council's priorities is to support people who want to contribute to enhancing the borough, and to challenge people and their behaviour when they disrupt others' quality of life.
Cllr Carl Smith, chair of the environment committee, said: 'You are personally responsible for your own waste and disposing of it responsibly. Dumping waste is illegal and completely unjustifiable when there are many facilities to enable the responsible disposal of waste, whether it be household or commercial.
'Fly-tipping is legally defined as the unauthorised depositing of waste, whether this happens in a field, in a layby or in someone else's skip – and it always has a victim, in this case the business which had paid for facilities to dispose responsibly of its waste. We encourage and support people who try to do the right thing, and sometimes this means legal action when the law is broken by others.
'Great Yarmouth has a zero-tolerance approach to tackling fly-tipping and we will prosecute where there is enough evidence and where it is appropriate. The Environmental Rangers investigate any dumped waste found to try to identify the perpetrator(s). However they can't be everywhere all the time, so do rely on other evidence, including public tip-offs, to help. All approaches will be treated in confidence.'
• Anyone who witnesses an environmental crime in the borough or has information that may help to identify an offender should contact the Environmental Rangers and provide as much information as possible, such as the location and time of offence, what occurred, the description or address of the offender(s), and the registration number of any vehicle involved. The quickest way to report is to download the Report IT GY App, or you can call 01493 846478.