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Disqualified Swanley driver caught fly-tipping in Orpington

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A disqualified driver caught fly-tipping has been ordered to do 160 hours of community service and pay more than £3,000 in costs.

Liam Dunne, of Pemberton Gardens, Swanley, has been prosecuted by Sevenoaks District Council for five fly-tipping offences in Chelsfield Lane.

He admitted five counts of fly-tipping Library picture
He admitted five counts of fly-tipping Library picture

Dunne pleaded guilty to fly-tipping at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

In addition to the unpaid work he was told to pay £3,548 in costs and compensation.

The 33-year-old was brought to justice following an investigation by Sevenoaks District Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team.

Following reports of fly tipping in 2021, the team worked with Kent County Council (KCC) to set up CCTV at locations along the rural road.

Between March 11 and April 9, builders’ rubble, soil, sand and wooden boards were dumped on Chelsfield Lane on five occasions blocking the road.

KCC removed the waste at a cost of thousands of pounds.

Despite warning signs CCTV was in operation, a Ford Transit van was recorded in Chelsfield Lane at the time of the offences and, on occasions, seen and heard tipping waste.

The Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team traced the Ford Transit to the registered owner, Mr Baker-Eastwood. But it was his employee, Dunne, who was identified as the fly-tipper.

Dunne was interviewed by the council on January 27 when he admitted to the offences.

At Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court it came to light Dunne had been disqualified from driving at the time of the offences.

Dunne pleaded guilty to five fly-tipping offences and was handed a 12-month Community Order with requirements to complete 160 hours of Community Service and 15 hours of rehabilitative activities and ordered to pay £3,203 in compensation to KCC, £250 in costs to Sevenoaks District Council and a £95 Victim Surcharge.

Sevenoaks District Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner and Greener, Cllr Margot McArthur, says: “Thanks to the hard work and persistence of our Environmental Enforcement Team, we have stopped another fly tipper in his tracks.

“Despite this being a complex case, our team was determined to see it through and bring the culprit to justice.

“This is another example of councils working together to protect our much cherished environment and I want to thank Kent County Council for their help securing another conviction.”

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