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Fly-tipper fined for dumping carpet waste

News release 9591, published on 11 Dec 2019
A man who was paid to remove carpet waste and instead dumped it at a Basingstoke remote country lane has been ordered to pay £485.

Louie Paget of Butts Meadow, Hook pleaded guilty to the fly-tipping offence brought by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard how the 21-year-old was paid £90 to remove rolled carpet and carpet poles from a carpet business in Fleet in July this year to take it to an authorised council site. But instead it was taken to a byway off Greywell Road in Mapledurwell and illegally dumped.

A passer-by noticed the waste and delivery notes relating to the company and put a review on the company’s website criticising their waste management practices, the court heard. Paget was contacted by the owner of the company and they both cleared the waste the same day.

At the hearing on Thursday 5 December, Magistrates fined Paget £350 and ordered him to pay £100 towards prosecution costs, plus £35 in victim surcharge. He was given credit for an early guilty plea and for clearing up the waste. It was also noted that he was of previous good character.

The borough council’s Interim Head of Environmental Services Tom Payne said: “As a council we take fly-tipping very seriously and we will investigate incidents where items have been illegally dumped. Since May last year we have convicted 14 individuals of fly-tipping offences. Witnesses are crucial to this process and we encourage people to report these acts to the council by calling 01256 844844 or visiting www.basingstoke.gov.uk/flytipping  to assist our investigations and to stamp out this antisocial behaviour.”

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