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Fly-tippers fined after caught on camera

News release 9845, published on 03 Dec 2020
Two men caught on camera while fly-tipping green waste during the lockdown earlier this year have been ordered to pay more than £1,500 by Basingstoke Magistrates Court.

Nicolas Goodenough, 46, and Micky Baker, 29, of Arcadia Close, Beggarwood were convicted after both pleading guilty to two fly-tipping offences brought by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council on Tuesday 1 December 2020.

The court heard how the two men were captured on a surveillance camera depositing 13 bags of green waste including grass cuttings, hedge cuttings and soil from a car at a remote car park area in Basingstoke on the evenings of 27 March 2020 and 2 April 2020.

Magistrates fined Goodenough £769 and Baker £200. The men were ordered to pay £150 each towards prosecution costs, £75 each in clear-up costs and £77 and £34 respectively in victim surcharge.

This is the council’s 25th fly-tipping conviction since May 2018 and reflects the council’s zero tolerance approach to this crime.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “Witnesses to fly-tipping or evidence that a fly-tip has taken place are crucial to achieving convictions. On this occasion the offenders were caught on camera and it led to another successful fly-tipping prosecution. This is our 11th conviction this year, even with a pause in court proceedings due to the pandemic, and we will continue to take a strong stance when dealing with people who deliberately fly-tip in our borough.”

People can report a fly-tip by visiting www.basingstoke.gov.uk/flytipping alternatively call 01256 844844.

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