Tandridge District Council – Press Release 9 Nov 16

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Tandridge District Council Press Release 9.11.16

Sentenced to 170 hours of community service for flytipping

On 18 October at Redhill Magistrates’ Court, George Smith of 36 Crowley Crescent, Waddon CR0 4EB was found guilty of flytipping. He was given a 12 month community service order during which he has to complete 170 hours of unpaid work. The Council was awarded costs of £450 and Smith also has to pay £85 to the victim support fund.

The flytip occurred on Tillingdown Lane, Caterham around 12 April 2016. The waste consisted of a large amount of household furniture and had been left in the lane and the driveway of a private house. Tandridge District Council removed the waste and recovered paperwork from a property in Purley. The householder identified the waste as his and confirmed it had been removed by George Smith.

The Council checked the Environment Agency’s register and found Mr Smith was not a registered waste carrier and not authorised to carry waste. Smith pleaded not guilty to flytipping the waste, but was found guilty after Magistrates called his account inconsistent and implausible.

Paul Barton, Chief Community Services Officer, said: “This is another successful prosecution for Tandridge District Council. We are committed to catching and prosecuting people who flytip in the district. It is a criminal offence and is unsightly, threatens wildlife, causes pollution and endangers public health.”

A reward of up to £500 is offered by the Council to anyone who provides information which leads to a successful prosecution for flytipping.
• To report a flytip as it happens, please call Surrey Police on 999.
• If a flytip is blocking a road, call Surrey County Council on 0300 200 1003.
• If it is not in progress, but you have information, please fill in the form on www.tandridge.gov.uk/flytipping. Alternatively call Customer Services on 01883 722000.
• Details of flytipping incidents where more information is needed can be found on the appeals page www.tandridge.gov.uk/appeals.

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