Fly-tipping resident pleads guilty

A Tongham resident has pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and been ordered to pay over £800 in fines and costs, after household waste was found dumped around a Council-owned garage block.

Guildford Magistrates Court, on 14 January, heard that Michael Luckman had been clearing out his garage but had failed to remove the household waste from the area. Initially he was given a £200 fine by Guildford Borough Council's Joint Enforcement Team (JET) but had refused to pay, leading to the court proceedings.

Lead Councillor for Licensing, Environmental Health and Community Safety, Cllr Graham Ellwood, comments: "I am delighted with the JET Team's first court prosecution and am sure this will send a strong message to those who fly-tip, especially in light of the fine levied. We take issues like this extremely seriously - it is a crime that affects the environment - and work in partnership with the police and our other enforcement partners to identify and prosecute offenders where necessary".

Mr Luckman pleaded guilty to two counts of fly-tipping. He received a £200 fine for each offence and was ordered to pay £400 costs and a victim surcharge of £30, and he now has a criminal record.

It is an offence to dump rubbish or for residents or businesses to pass on their waste to someone for them to dump it. To report fly-tipping, residents should use our online Report fly-tipping form, or call our Customer Service Centre on 01483 505050.

Published on Monday 21 January.