Six-month community order for fly tipper

A man who dumped roofing felt in the middle of a picturesque country lane has been prosecuted and ordered to serve a six month community order for fly tipping. Richard Morley, who's thirty and of no fixed address, was spotted dumping the material on Sandy Lane in Coxbench from a white Vauxhall pick up truck last June.

The Magistrates Court heard how Mr Morley said that he had got lost, turned around at the top of the lane and as he was travelling back down, the trailer door came open and the materials in the back came off.  The Court also heard how witnesses challenged Mr Morley at the time of the offence before calling the police and the Council to report him.
Mr Morley pleaded guilty to the offence at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court earlier this month and was given a six month community order with an 80 hour unpaid work requirement and ordered to pay costs of £1,000.

Regulation Manager, Steve Haslam said: " Fly tipping can have such a damaging effect on the environment and costs the taxpayers thousands of pounds to clear up. Thankfully, witnesses saw what happened, and we're grateful to them that we were able to take this to Court as we rely on the public to be our eyes and ears and report any sightings to us. It also demonstrates that reporting incidents can lead to successful prosecutions although we would advise people to exercise caution if anyone they witness is committing such offences."

Anyone witnessing fly tipping can contact the Council's Neighbourhoods and Environment team on 01773 841335

For further information please contact Luke Barrett Communications Manager on 01773 841 655 or email

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