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Four residents prosecuted for waste offences - 01/12/17
Four residents have been successfully prosecuted for a number of environmental crimes across the city.

Tip It (Hull) Limited of East Park Avenue, Hull have been prosecuted and ordered to pay a total of £480 (£250 fine and £230 costs) for an offence contrary to Section 34(5) Environmental Protection Act 1990. This case was brought forward following a complaint received about waste that had been found dumped on Vane Street. This follows the successful prosecution of Paul Chadwick of St Johns Grove, Hull who was ordered to pay a total of £410 (£130 fine, £30 victim surcharge and £250 costs) after pleading guilty to disposing of the waste.

Leanne Handley of Broadstone Close, Bransholme, Hull was prosecuted and ordered to pay a total of £170 (£40 fine, £30 victim surcharge and £100 costs) for failing to comply with a statutory notice served under Section 80 Environmental Protection Act 1990. This notice was served by the council in response to a complaint concerning the condition of the defendant’s property. The defendant failed to respond to any formal warning or legal notice, and works were carried out in default. These costs were subsequently recovered as part of its prosecution.

Brian Silk of College Grove, Hull was prosecuted and ordered to pay a total of £270 (£120 fine, £30 victim surcharge and £120 costs) for failing to comply with a statutory notice served under Section 80 Environmental Protection Act 1990. This notice was served by the council in response to a complaint concerning the condition of the defendant’s property. The defendant failed to respond to any formal warning or legal notice, and works were carried out in default. These costs were subsequently recovered as part of its prosecution.

Nathan Mackinnon of Earsham Close, Hull was prosecuted and ordered to pay a total of £170 (£40 fine, £30 victim surcharge and £100 costs) for an offence contrary to Section 34(5) Environmental Protection Act 1990. This case was brought forward following a complaint received about waste that had been found dumped on Morpeth Street. Following an investigation, evidence was found linking Mr Mackinnon to the offence after it was discovered he had been advertising his services on Facebook.

If you are unsure of how to dispose of your excess rubbish, see our handy guide of do’s and don’ts below:

DO:

• dispose of excess household rubbish using one of the council’s free house waste and recycling centres
• if you pay someone to take your waste, then check that they are registered carriers by asking for a copy of their certificate, or via https://www.gov.uk/find-registered-waste-carrier or by calling 03708 506 506
• ask where the rubbish will be disposed of. If they say a facility provided by the council, then do not give them your waste as this is illegal
• record any details of the persons and vehicle used to remove your waste e.g. registration number, make, model, colour etc.
• always get a receipt (also known as a controlled waste transfer notes that will confirm where the wastes have come from, who they are, how it’s being removed and transported and where its being taken to be disposed or recycled)
• if possible, try and pay by cheque as it can be traced keep a description (ideally take pictures) of the rubbish being removed

DON’T:

• use anyone who cold calls at your property or leaves a card – it is your responsibility to do the relevant checks
• give anyone your rubbish without first checking they are authorised to take your waste
• assume people who advertise online, in the local media or shops are legitimate - always check before giving them your rubbish
• give your rubbish to anyone that you do not trust or suspect may be acting unlawfully
• be fooled. If the price sounds too good to be true, then it probably is, and remember this will end up costing you more in court fines and costs

Councillor Clark, portfolio holder with responsibility for enforcement, said:

“Fly-tipping is a criminal offence, and we will not tolerate it. Fly-tipping blights neighbourhoods, is hazardous to people, animals and the environment.

“By taking a tough stance on enforcement we can deter any potential offenders, and we encourage members of the public not to shrink from reporting any perpetrators they see. We will prosecute, and when convicted we will name and shame in the hope that we can stamp out this anti-social behaviour.

“Dumping is a crime, help us and make those who do it pay for it. See it, report it, stop it.”



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