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September 2022

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Published on 1 September 2022

Flytipping prosecution success

Have you seen something suspicious?  Image of some dumped rubbish. Report flytipping to teignbridge.gov.uk/flytipping
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A Kingsteignton resident has been left with a bill of more than £1500 after he was caught fly tipping on camera.

CCTV caught Mr Ian Kilpin illegally depositing three bags of waste in an alleyway next to the bins at Tesco Express in Kingsteignton.

The police shared the damning footage with the council’s environmental protection team who issued Mr Kilpin with a £400 Fixed Penalty notice.

But despite being caught on camera, he denied the offence and Teignbridge Council took Mr Kilpin to court.

At Plymouth Magistrates Court, he was found guilty of unauthorised deposit of waste under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and because he had refused to pay the fixed penalty notice, was fined £513, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £51 and costs of £1,000.

Executive member for Waste Management and Environmental Health, Cllr Alistair Dewhirst welcomed the court’s decision and thanked the police for their help in bringing this successful prosecution.

“Fly tipping is an abhorrent act that not only damages the environment but can cause harm to individual residents.  Fly-tippers are warned that whenever we have sufficient evidence to prosecute, we will do so.

“I am pleased that the court has made Mr Kilpin pay almost four times what he would have paid if he had admitted his guilt and accepted the original fixed penalty notice.

“I would urge members of the public who see people fly-tipping to report them to the council so we can take action against them.”