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Fly-tipper fined by courts

News release 10138, published on 17 Mar 2022
A woman has been ordered to pay £354 after fly-tipping plastic and cardboard packaging in a residential parking space in Popley.

During a hearing at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 15 March 2022, Ruth Cliverd, 59, of Tasmania Close, pleaded guilty to depositing the items at the parking space in Tasmania Close.

The court heard that on Friday 23 July 2021 a large quantity of household waste was discovered dumped in a car parking space in Tasmania Close. The waste included an old dismantled cream leather sofa, plastic packaging, cardboard packaging, old drawers and sections of old wooden cabinets. A member of the public inspected the waste and a label was found containing the defendant’s name and address.

During interviews with officers from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Cliverd admitted depositing the plastic packaging and cardboard packaging on Wednesday 7 July 2021 but denied fly-tipping the sofa, drawers or wooden cabinets.

Magistrates ordered her to pay a fine of £120 with £200 towards prosecution costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Cabinet Member for Recycling, Waste and Regulatory Services Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “I am really grateful to the member of the public who helped us to achieve another successful prosecution for fly-tipping. Incidents like this blight our residential areas and by tackling it together we can improve the borough for everyone. I would encourage everyone to report offences if they come across them.

“This offender now has a criminal record as well as a significant fine to pay and I hope that this will act as a deterrent to other would-be fly-tippers. Our message is clear - we will continue to prosecute fly-tipping wherever we can.”

Fly-tipping carries a maximum of five years imprisonment at Crown Court and since May 2018 the council has convicted 40 individuals and companies for fly-tipping and related waste offences. Fly-tipping can be reported to the council by calling 01256 844844 or by visiting  www.basingstoke.gov.uk/flytipping  to assist our investigations.

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