07-Oct-2021

A 24-year-old man from Godmanchester has been prosecuted for fly-tipping.

Curtis George Brown has been ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work, as part of his Court ordered 12-month community order, and pay a fine of £600 to cover investigation costs, clearance costs and victim surcharge.

Brown was convicted at Huntingdon Magistrates Court (22 September) with illegally dumping waste. His first offence was brought before the court in January 2020 which linked to four counts of fly tipping and he received a £500 fine from the Magistrate with clearance costs of £400 and a victim surcharge of £50. On the second round of offending, Brown pleaded guilty to three counts of fly tipping which he admitted to doing for personal financial gain. Two at RAF Upwood and one on Hollow Road, Ramsey Forty Foot in November 2020 and January 2021

Brown will be required to spend his 100 hours of unpaid work clearing up waste from some of Huntingdonshire’s countryside, green spaces and town centres.

Executive Councillor for Leisure and Regulatory Services, Cllr Keith Ivan Prentice, said: "On average Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) receives 100 reports of fly tipping per month.

The Community Protection and Enforcement Officers will investigate all fly tips to try and trace the waste back to its source. As soon as the investigation has finished the Operations team will clear the waste, if on HDC-owned land or the highway. The council will support any private landowners who become victims of these environmental crimes.

Residents have a responsibility to ensure they get a licensed and reputable waste carrier to remove their waste. You must always remember to check their Waste Carrier License, ensure you know where they are taking your waste and it is your right to ask for a receipt which needs to detail the waste, they are taking from you. These rules help in the fight against fly tipping and rogue waste carriers."

If you see someone fly tipping or would like to report an area where fly tipping has taken place, visit our Fly Tipping page.