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Woman made to pay £1,700 for fly-tipping in lane

News release 9662, published on 16 Mar 2020
A fly-tipper who dumped household waste in a remote country lane in Herriard last year has been ordered to pay over £1,700.

Debbie Caira Le Besque of Kingswood Rise, Four Marks, Alton was convicted after pleading guilty to the fly-tipping offence brought by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 12 March.

The court heard how the 42-year-old was witnessed by a member of the public dumping a clear plastic box, a green waste recycling bag, plastic mouldings and a plastic bag from her people carrier on 14 August 2019 in Lee Farm Lane, Herriard.

The witness took down the registration number and reported the incident to the police who passed to the borough council for investigation.

Le Besque’s solicitor told the court that she had fully admitted the offence. Le Besque claimed she fly-tipped the household waste because she received a telephone call while on the way to the council Household Waste Recycling Centre requiring her to pick up her son who had been involved in a playing accident and needed picking up. She had no space in the car for her son and his friend, so left the waste in a country lane with the intention of picking it up later. Le Besque said it was no longer there when she returned after two days.

Magistrates fined Le Besque £670 and ordered her to pay £963.20 in prosecution and clearance costs, plus £67 in victim surcharge.

The council takes a zero tolerance approach to fly-tipping and has convicted 18 Individuals for fly-tipping offences since May 2018.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “We would like to thank the member of public who witnessed this incident and took the trouble to report it. It is so important witnesses come forward to provide valuable evidence to support our zero tolerance approach to fly-tipping.

“This sends a strong message that we will not tolerate fly-tipping and we will investigate and prosecute where we have the evidence to do so to stamp out this crime.”

People can report fly-tipping offences to the council by calling 01256 844844 or visiting www.basingstoke.gov.uk/flytipping  to assist our investigations.

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