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 email@example.com