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Couple caught fly-tipping chairs made to pay £4,000

News release 8435, published on 08 Mar 2019
A Basingstoke couple have been ordered to pay more than £4,000 after being found guilty of fly-tipping at their former home in Popley.

Emma Lipscombe and Ralph Massen were prosecuted by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council after six chairs were spotted dumped in the bushes outside the home in Pitcairn Close, Popley.

The chairs were recognised by the new tenants who saw them in the home when they had visited to sign the tenancy agreement.

Neither Miss Lipscombe nor Mr Massen attended Aldershot Magistrates’ Court where they were convicted, and received a criminal record, on Wednesday 6 March.

They had both pleaded not guilty to the offence at a hearing at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 31 January.

They were each fined £1,320, ordered to pay prosecution costs of £628 and to pay a victim surcharge of £132. Both will have to pay a total of £2,080.

The maximum prison sentence for fly-tipping is five years, with an unlimited fine.

The council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services and the Environment Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “I’m glad to see the courts share our attitude of taking fly-tipping extremely seriously.

“Dumping waste is a real blight on our borough and it’s completely unacceptable. I would encourage anyone with any information about fly-tipping to contact us directly. This information and evidence is what enables us to continue to prosecute offenders.”

If you see anyone dumping waste illegally, please report it on 01256 844844. Household waste can be taken free of charge to the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Wade Road, Basingstoke.

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