9 October 2015

A Sheffield fly tipper has been hit hard in his pocket by Magistrates this week (8 October).

Sheffield Council’s Environmental Protection Service have prosecuted a fly tipper for dumping waste on the park at Cammell Road, Sheffield.

In April 2015, an eagle-eyed member of the public spotted two men leave a car and dump four or five bags of waste in the park at Cammell Road. They took down the car registration details and passed it to investigating officers.

The officers traced the vehicle owner and he was interviewed.

At Sheffield Magistrate’s court, Nabiel Ullah (25) of Vickers Road, Sheffield 5, pleaded guilty to knowingly causing the deposit of waste in April 2015 and was fined £170, ordered to pay costs of £200, a criminal courts charge of £150 and a victim surcharge of £20, a total of £540.

A spokesman for the Council said: “Once again we thank the Magistrates for their support in keeping the city clean. Fly tipping is a serious offence and the Council will not hesitate to act against those who spoil our city.”

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Notes for editors:

Fly-tipping
• Fly tipping is an offence under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990
• There is no fixed penalty notice for fly tipping – offenders can either be cautioned or prosecuted in Court
• Fly tipping is an arrestable offence, carries a hefty fine and can result in a prison sentence
• If a person is in control of a vehicle used in a fly tipping case, they can be found guilty of fly tipping even though they may have not taken part in the action themselves.
• In certain circumstances, vehicles used in a fly tipping incident can be seized
• If a vehicle is used in a fly tipping incident, the court can convict the vehicle owner
• Householders and commercial traders need to make sure they give their waste only to people authorised to take it.
• Commercial traders need to make sure they get a transfer note for the waste to show it was disposed of properly.
• Free advice to traders is provided by the Council’s Environmental Enforcement Officers.

Enforcement actions
• In the Council’s 2006 ‘Your Council Your Say” we asked people:

‘As part of our work to keep Sheffield’s streets clean, we fine people £75 for dropping litter. Should we put any extra resources we have for street cleansing into:

– More education campaigns to encourage people not to drop litter? (16%)
– More clean-ups across the city? (41%)
– Taking tougher action against people who drop litter? (43%)