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Successful prosecutions for fly-tipping

Two men have been fined a total of £2,623 after admitting fly-tipping on land in the Vale of White Horse.

Jason Turley, aged 40, of no fixed abode, appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Monday 20 January and pleaded guilty to the charge of unauthorised deposit of waste under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act.

Magistrates heard that on Thursday 10 May 2018, Vale of White Horse District Council, received a report of a large amount of fly-tipped waste on land near Hollow Road, on the B4019 between Badbury Hill and Steeds Farm, outside Faringdon.

Officers investigated and recovered evidence relating to an address in Watchfield. Following further investigation, it transpired the waste had been fly-tipped by Mr Turley.

At the hearing magistrates heard that in mitigation Mr Turley was remorseful for his actions and that he had never done anything like that before, or since.  Mr Turley was ordered to pay a fine of £130, £700 towards prosecution costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

The second man,from East Hendred, was convicted of fly-tipping offences and not having a waste carriers’ licence and was ordered to pay £1,763.60 after dumping rubbish at land near Upthorpe Downs and also at East Hendred.

Mitchell Valentine, aged 23, from Ludbridge Close, East Hendred, appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Monday 20 January and pleaded guilty to the unlawful deposits of waste on two occasions and the transport of waste without being a registered carrier of waste.  

Magistrates heard the case and in mitigation that Mr Valentine was remorseful for his actions, that at the time of these offences, his first child had just been born and he had lost his job. When he saw an advert on social media asking people to dispose of some waste he thought it was a way of making some money.  The court heard that he hadn’t done anything like this before and he won’t be doing it again. 

Magistrates imposed a fine of £400 for the unlawful deposit of waste and £250 for transporting waste without being a registered carrier of waste. They ordered Mr Valentine to pay a victim surcharge of £40 and costs to the council of £1,073.60.

Cllr Jenny Hannaby, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Fly-tipping is a blight on our countryside and is detrimental to wildlife. It is illegal and we will investigate and prosecute those who are found to have carried it out. We urge people to use only registered waste carriers and this will help prevent this type of fly-tipping

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