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Two men fined for flytipping in Selby district

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3:47pm 22nd November 2017

Two men have been successfully prosecuted by Selby District Council for dumping waste in rural locations.

Christopher Soren Garside, age 23, from North Duffield dumped an old bike, washing machine, chairs, suitcases and electrical appliances at Broad Lane, Church Fenton in August of this year.

This has cost him a total of £846, which included:
•A fine of £533
•Surcharge of £53
•Costs of £260

Selby District Council officers investigated after being notified of a large amount of waste discovered at the rural location.

Evidence and witness statements were gathered and as a result of the investigation by Selby District Council, Mr Garside was taken to court, where he pleaded guilty to fly tipping offences under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The second case involved Andrew Mark Ratcliffe, age 42, from Guildhall, York who was spotted dumping building materials from his van in Back Lane, Acaster Malbis.

Two witnesses reported Mr Ratcliffe and called the police. Using this evidence, the council prosecuted Mr Ratcliffe and took him to court where he pleaded guilty to flytipping offences under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

This has cost him a total of £520, which included:
•A fine of £320
•Surcharge of £32
•Costs of £168

The council uses a wide range of tools including the use of CCTV to tackle and gather evidence against those responsible for fly tipping and will always take action when evidence is found.

Lead Councillor for Housing, Leisure, Health and Culture, Cllr Richard Musgrave commented,

“I’m pleased to see these successful prosecutions for fly tipping – particularly as both of these cases that happened in my ward area. It’s important that residents know that providing witness statements – as happened in these cases – can help us successfully prosecute those responsible.

“Dumping your rubbish isn’t tolerated in our district and, where we have evidence to support it, we will prosecute every single case that we can. Fly tippers are a blight on our district and these incidents have a significant impact on residents and communities, and costs the council – and therefore the local taxpayers – thousands of pounds a year.

“Another successful prosecution by the Council sends out a clear message – if we catch you, we will always take you to court.”

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