Date published: 18th August 2017
A fly tipper was caught and prosecuted for two offences thanks to the combined efforts of a landowner and North Norfolk District Council.
The North Norfolk man was one of two individuals who drove to an area close to Northrepps Cottage, near Cromer, in July of last year.
They fly tipped a wardrobe and threw the wooden panels around the woodland. A CCTV camera installed by landowner Simon Gurney was triggered by the vehicle movement.
In August, one of the men returned to the same area after receiving a letter from the council asking him to come in for an interview under caution and covered the area with toilet roll.
Mr Gurney, who since 2007 has been managing a landscape restoration scheme in the area where the fly tipping happened, reinstating the Humphry Repton landscape of 1790, had put in the cameras due to a history of fly tipping on his land.
Annie Claussen-Reynolds, Cabinet Member for Waste and Environmental Services, said: “Fly tipping on private land is a big issue and is a selfish act which can damage the environment.
“The Council is determined to tackle the problem and is hoping to work more closely with landowners on projects in hot spot fly tipping areas.
“We would encourage landowners to contact us if they have fly tipping issues on their land and we can work with them to find a solution.”
Mr Gurney said: “Many landowners are suffering at the hands of fly tippers.
“As well as being unsightly, this crime can cost landowners lots of money in clear up costs.
“If fly tipped waste isn’t cleared up, landowners can be prosecuted under illegal storage of waste legislation – which is obviously massively unfair.
“By working with the local authority in this case we managed to get a positive result which shows fly tipping will not be tolerated in North Norfolk.”
The man who was prosecuted pleaded guilty to both offences when he appeared before magistrates in Norwich on August 16th. He was fined £120 for each offence, plus a victim surcharge of £30 and prosecution costs of £200 – a total of £470.
If you would like to report an area of concern please contact the Environmental Protection Team on 01263 516085.
Last updated: 18th August 2017