Men fined for illegal dumping

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TWO County Durham men have been fined for fly-tipping.

Gavin Malcom, 29, of North Avenue, and Brian Thomas Bellingham, 40, of Eighth Street, both Horden, committed three separate offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 between January 24 and February 4, this year.

Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard that the two men had dumped household waste in back yards in the village and in a private skip without permission.

Investigations by Durham County Council, together with police evidence, showed that in relation to one offence the pair had been paid £15 by a nearby resident to get rid of her household waste.

The men did not appear in court and the case was proven in their absence. No mitigation was given.

They were each fined £400 and ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge and £65 costs.

Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services at Durham County Council, said: “Improper dumping of waste is classed as fly tipping and is a criminal offence.

“This case demonstrates our commitment to reducing the amount of fly tipping incidents across County Durham.

“We take all incidents of fly tipping seriously and offenders will be prosecuted accordingly.”

People have a duty of care to ensure anyone they employ to remove or dispose of waste is registered with the Environment Agency and has a valid waste carrier certificate.