Man sentenced for fly-tipping in Bourne and Dyke
A 70-year-old man has been handed a suspended sentence for fly-tipping.
Dovel Taylor, of South Fen Road in Bourne, has pleaded guilty to three charges of fly-tipping.
In the prosecution, brought by South Kesteven District Council, the offences were described as a commercial and deliberate operation and having a significant impact on the environment.
Taylor dumped rubbish on the land at Meadow Drove in Dyke, and twice in Cherry Holt Road, Bourne - all without a permit.
An inspection of the dumped waste and further investigation by South Kesteven District Council tracked back to two members of the public who had paid Taylor to take their rubbish away. This, in turn, led to the council identifying the defendant.
To determine the sentence, the judge acknowledged that although Taylor had initially denied the offences, he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity in court.
The judge also considered Taylor’s age and health, and that the crimes committed took place in 2017. The court was told he had no finances, no assets and was on benefits.
He was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for one year.
Coun Annie Mason (Con), South Kesteven District Council’s cabinet member for people and safer communities, said: “Anyone seeing these images will be in no doubt what happened here was appalling. It is great news to secure a successful prosecution sending a stern message to others.
“Illegal dumping of waste is a significant blight on the community and our environment, a potential danger to public health, a source of pollution and a potential danger to wildlife.
"It is also a crime, costing the taxpayers of South Kesteven thousands of pounds each year to clear up.
“It should not be left to the local council to remove fly-tipped waste and clean up the area; we take fly-tipping very seriously and we will take action whenever possible."
South Kesteven District Council previously revealed that fly-tippers are wasting £60,000 of taxpayer's money each year.
Fly-tipping should be reported on 01476 406080 or by visiting www.southkesteven.gov.uk/flytipping
SKDC also urges anyone using a waste carrier to check that they are legal and registered by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 or visiting https://bit.ly/check-waste-carrier