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Haverhill fly-tipper pays the price after dumping waste onto disused railway line

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A 41-year-old Haverhill man has had to pay a total of £1,156 and now has a criminal record after being found guilty of fly-tipping.

Braintree District Council secured the prosecution after a member of the public reported two men fly-tipping waste from a van over a bridge onto a disused railway line in Baythorne End, Birdbrook, in April 2020.

Council officers found evidence that the waste originated from a company working at an address in Stevenage and that the person operating the company was also the registered keeper of the van used.

Ipswich Magistrates Court.
Ipswich Magistrates Court.

The man was summoned to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates Court in February this year, on charges of fly tipping and associated offences, but he did not attend and the magistrates issued a warrant for his arrest.

In May, the man was arrested and taken to Ipswich Magistrates Court where he entered a not guilty plea to the charges, but after a trial Basildon Magistrates Court on July 14, he changed his plea to guilty.

Councillor Diana Garrod, district councillor for the Bumpstead ward which Birdbrook is in, said: "Fly-tipping is unacceptable. It poses a threat to humans, wildlife and pets. It damages our environment and spoils our enjoyment of the countryside.

"Birdbrook is a beautiful village and its residents make such an effort to keep it looking lovely. It is such a shame that people can behave is such a disrespectful way and I am pleased that Braintree District Council has taken legal action."

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