CCTV cameras help to catch offenders

Woman from Liverpool fined for fly-tipping in Hull

A woman from Liverpool has been fined £572 for fly-tipping in Hull.

Claire Robinson of August Road, Liverpool, was fined after her waste was found dumped in Castlehill Road, Hull, in July 2019.

A Hull resident who witnessed the offence confirmed they had seen a vehicle arrive in the area before the driver exited and opened the doors and boot of the car, and discarding waste including a box and several bags within a nearby drain.

Michael Hewson of Quillcourt, Hull, was also convicted and ordered to pay just over £1,000 for fly-tipping in his local area.

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The offence took place in September 2019 after a mobile CCTV camera was installed in response to fly-tipping complaints in the area.

A second woman was also fined £826 for fly-tipping in a Hull Street after a mobile CCTV camera caught Carly Seymour of Redbourne Street, Hull, for dumping her waste in Sefton Street.

Andrew Bowes of Wellsted Street, Hull, was prosecuted and ordered to pay £688 after he was caught fly-tipping household waste in Wellsted Street, Hull.

Lewis Appleby was convicted and ordered to pay £484 after CCTV footage caught him dumping landscape gardening materials in Alfred Street, Hull.

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Jonas Smith of Bankside Park, Bankside, Hull, was prosecuted and ordered to pay £474 after he was caught unloading household waste from a vehicle in Bedford Street, Hull. The investigation also found that Mr Smith had failed to register with the council as a scrap metal dealer, which is a legal requirement under the requirements of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

The cases were heard as Hull Magistrates Court earlier this year following a delay in court prosecutions during the first lockdown of the coronavirus pandemic.

Doug Sharp, head of waste management at Hull City Council, said: “Our environmental officers have worked hard throughout the pandemic to continue to investigate incidents of fly-tipping throughout Hull and will continue to deal with any offenders proactively in collaboration with partner agencies.

“We want to remind people that they are responsible for their own waste. In Miss Robinson’s case, she allowed someone to use her vehicle during the offence, which resulted in her being fined.

“The easiest thing to do is to take any excess waste to the recycling centre, or contact the council directly about the options available to them, including the free bulky item collection service.”

Check someone is a registered waste carrier before handing over your waste and paying for their services by visiting the Environment Agency’s website or calling 03708 506 506.

Residents can report fly-tipping by calling 01482 300300 or visiting the Hull City Council website, or visit the council’s Caught On Camera webpage to identify those caught illegally dumping waste.