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William Gridley made to pay £1,030 by court after fly-tipping in Sandwich, West Studdal, Tilmanstone and River

A man has to pay more than £1,000 in fines and costs for four offences of fly-tipping in seven days.

William Gridley, 36, of Colton Crescent, Dover, pleaded guilty to all counts and was fined £800 and ordered to pay costs of £150 plus a victim surcharge of £80.

The fly-tipped rubbish left in River. Picture: Dover District Council
The fly-tipped rubbish left in River. Picture: Dover District Council

The offences were committed last summer and the case was heard at Folkestone Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Dover District Council, which brought the prosecution, said that dumped rubbish was found on land off Woodnesborough Road, Sandwich, on July 21, 2020.

It consisted of bags of household waste and some small furniture items, including a bean bag and a wicker ottoman.

The second incident was also discovered that day on Willow Woods Road, West Studdal.

It consisted of a number of black bags containing household waste, old pet beds, paperwork, empty vehicle liquid bottles and a plastic bucket.

The council pursued a prosecution
The council pursued a prosecution

The next day fly-tipping was also reported on Pike Road, Tilmanstone. An officer attending found a number of bags of household waste.

The fourth incident was reported on July 27, 2020, at Crabble Lane, River. The waste included black sacks, cardboard boxes, and a bean bag.

The council's environmental crime team investigated and it was identified that the waste in each case had been collected by Gridley. He was later interviewed and made a full admission to the offences.

Gridley was issued with fixed penalty notices but when these were not paid, DDC took the matter to court.

Andrzej Kluczynski, council environmental protection and crime manager, said: “This is yet another successful prosecution, which demonstrates Dover District Council’s commitment to tackling the issue of fly-tipping in our district.

"Fly-tipping is a crime, costing local authorities and private land owners millions of pounds each year to clear up, as well as having serious effects on the local environment and creating a potential hazard to health and wildlife."

DDC asks people to report any incidents of fly-tipping to its team by either visiting dover.gov.uk, emailing envcrime@dover.gov.uk or by telephoning 01304 872289.

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