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Fly-tipper gets a heavy fine

Malvern Editorial 18th Apr, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A BROMYARD man who fly-tipped a large pile of household waste has been ordered to pay almost £1,000.

Steven Biddle, of Open Fields, pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates’ Court last Thursday (April 2) to breaching section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The 22-year-old was successfully prosecuted by Wychavon District Council after officers at the council received reports of rubbish dumped at Millennium Woods, Stoulton, in July last year.

Storage units, tools, parts of a bed, boxes of paperwork, a mattress and a giant teddy bear were all found at the site.

Magistrates fined Biddle £183, ordered him to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £765 in costs.

Sharon Casswell, client services manager at Wychavon, said: “Most of the waste fly-tipped in this case could have been properly disposed of at any local landfill site free of charge.

“This kind of action is irresponsible and indefensible and we will not hesitate to prosecute offenders.

“Fly-tipping not only damages the environment but costs landowners and the taxpayer money. Wychavon spends about £50,000 a year on enforcement and clean up costs related to fly tipping. That is money which could be better spent elsewhere.”

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