Fly-tipper fined after commercial waste dumped
Stephen Douglas Thompson of Fair Oak Way, Baughurst was convicted after pleading guilty to the fly-tipping offence brought by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 23 January.
The court heard how the 61-year-old was seen by an eye witness dumping wood from his van next to a row of wheelie bins at the rear of The Ambassador Club in Hangar Road, Tadley on the afternoon of Wednesday 21 August 2019. The witness had taken down the registration number of Thompson’s van and reported the incident to the council for investigation.
During an interview at the Basingstoke Police Investigation Centre, Thompson admitted to dumping wood, metal and a builder’s bag at the rear of The Ambassador Club. He stated that he had an agreement with a local charity to dump the waste at the location in question and for it to be picked up by the council. Witness statements were obtained as part of the investigation, which showed that no such agreement was in place. Thompson further admitted that he did not have an Environmental Permit to lawfully deposit the waste.
Magistrates fined Thompson £1,877, ordered him to pay £949 towards prosecution costs, plus £181 in victim surcharge. He was also ordered to pay £352 in compensation to the council for the clean-up costs. Thompson was given credit for an early guilty plea and this had reduced his sentence from a higher figure.
Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “This is another fine example of a member of the public not tolerating fly-tipping after witnessing the offence. It is not always an easy decision to support proceedings in this way and we are very grateful that this person came forward and helped with the prosecution. As a council we will continue with our zero tolerance approach and will always consider a prosecution for fly-tipping where appropriate. We are seeing more and more witnesses coming forward to support our prosecutions and this is very positive. Since May 2018 the council has convicted 15 individuals for fly-tipping offences. Witnesses are crucial to this process and we encourage people to report these offences by calling 01256 844844 or visiting www.basingstoke.gov.uk/flytipping to assist our investigations and to stamp out this crime.”