Cannock Chase Council

Flytipper caught on CCTV

Published on Monday 13th February 2012

A man who was captured on CCTV dumping plywood in a country lane has been ordered to pay over £1,000 following a successful prosecution by Cannock Chase Council.

Michael Lee, of Showell Road, Wolverhampton, pleaded guilty at Stafford Magistrates’ Court on 18th January to flytipping waste.

The 46-year-old was captured on covert CCTV dumping plywood from the back of his white van in Newlands Lane, Cannock, on 25th October 2009.

He was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £350 towards the Council’s costs and a £15 victim surcharge, a total of £1,365.

Cllr Janos Toth, Deputy Leader of the Council and Environment Portfolio Leader, said: “Flytipping is a reckless and thoughtless act which damages our environment and ruins other people’s enjoyment of our surroundings.

“Covert CCTV is just one of the tools at our disposal to make sure that flytippers are brought to justice and we deploy it across the District, at flytipping hotspots and elsewhere.

“It took the Council some time to track Mr Lee down but, when we have the evidence, we always prosecute, however long it takes, and I hope this case serves as a warning to anyone thinking of flytipping in this District.”

Cllr Toth also appealed for people in the District to report flytipping to the Council. A £100 reward is available for information that leads to a successful prosecution.

Residents who see someone tipping rubbish are asked to make a note of the time and date, location, description of waste tipped, vehicle registration number and, if possible, a description of the flytippers themselves.

These details can then be passed on to Cannock Chase Council as soon as possible on 01543 462621. An online form can also be completed by clicking here.

Log on to www.recycleforstaffordshire.org for more information about household recycling centres in the District.

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