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Shoreham: Mark Wright fined £1,080 after villagers catch him 'kicking and pulling' 150kg of builders' waste

Villagers who witnessed a man fly-tipping in Shoreham have helped bring him to justice.

Mark Wright, 50, of Evans Road, Catford was fined a total of £1,080 including Court costs, after Sevenoaks District Council brought about the prosecution having worked with two local residents who witnessed the offence.

Mr Wright was seen "kicking and pulling" 150kg of builders’ waste including wood and nails from a white Ford Transit van on March 7 last year at Castle Farm Road, Shoreham.

Sevenoaks Magistrates Court, London Road, Sevenoaks. Pupils from local schools staging a domestic violence court case in an annual competition. Picture: Matthew Walker (1991792)
Sevenoaks Magistrates Court, London Road, Sevenoaks. Pupils from local schools staging a domestic violence court case in an annual competition. Picture: Matthew Walker (1991792)

After driving from the scene, spreading the materials 60 yards across the road, a witness called a nearby colleague who was able to photograph the registration plate.

The incident was then reported to the council’s environmental enforcement officers who gathered evidence and brought Mr Wright to court.

Sevenoaks District Council's portfolio holder for direct services, Matthew Dickins, said: “Once again we have successfully secured the prosecution of a criminal who showed complete disregard for the environment we cherish.

“Particular thanks go to the witnesses whose testimony was invaluable in gaining this result.

“Sevenoaks District Council is the only local authority in Kent to have a dedicated fly-tipping investigation team. We will continue to take a zero tolerance approach and bring fly-tippers to justice.”

Residents can report fly-tipping on public land and on the highway by calling 01732 227000.

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