Friday, 6 July 2012
A Margate man has been successfully prosecuted for fly-tipping by Thanet District Council.
Thomas Brown (42) of Marine Terrace, appeared before Canterbury Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 27 June and pleaded guilty to depositing controlled waste.
The incident took place in Ethelbert Crescent, Cliftonville on Tuesday 6 December 2011, when items of furniture from a flat clearance were left in the street. The incident was reported by a witness and verified by council CCTV operators.
Brown was subsequently approached by a council enforcement officer and given the opportunity to remove the rubbish, but declined to do so.
Brown was fined £500 and ordered to pay £313.32 compensation, plus £100 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
The council's Environmental Health Manager, Penny Button, said: "Any form of fly-tipping is totally unacceptable and the council will not hesitate to prosecute offenders.
"Apart from being anti-social and potentially dangerous, fly-tipping can have a detrimental effect on a whole neighbourhood. We take all fly-tipping incidents seriously, and hope that heavy fines will act as a suitable deterrent. If anyone sees any fly-tipping take place, I urge them to contact the council immediately."