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Thetford van driver who ignored ‘no fly-tipping’ signs fined

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A female van driver who illegally dumped waste at a former fly-tipping hotspot in Thetford has been fined £300 by Breckland Council.

The latest fly tipping investigation, led by the district council’s enforcement officers, discovered assorted waste was left outside the Breckland House office in St Nicholas Street, after the driver drove more than two miles with the van load of waste, including passing the town's recycling centre.

This incident took place despite the ‘no fly-tipping’ signage in the area and was captured on surveillance cameras.

The waste dumped at the former fly-tipping hotspot in Thetford. (45193224)
The waste dumped at the former fly-tipping hotspot in Thetford. (45193224)

Cllr Gordon Bambridge, executive member for environmental and public protection at the council, said: "Our enforcement officers are making concerted efforts to tackle fly-tipping in our towns and rural areas. Using CCTV, witness statements from the public, and increased foot patrols, more and more fly-tippers are being caught and we are getting the message out there that this is absolutely unacceptable.

"The message is clear; please use your household bin, local recycling facilities or a licensed waste carrier to dispose of waste legally. If you are caught fly tipping we will take serious action, with the possibility of court appearances and fines reaching up to £50,000."

The Breckland House area was once a notorious fly-tipping hotspot, however since CCTV and foot patrols have been increased, fly-tipping has reduced by 90 per cent within just 12 months.

The driver was fined £300 for her reckless actions. Her fine will now go towards supporting further fly-tipping investigations in the Breckland area.