Fly-tipper fined £13,500

A man was fined £13,500 by Barnet magistrates on 4 July after he admitted knowingly allowing waste to be deposited at an unlicensed site, contrary to section 33 (1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

In January an officer from Barnet council saw an empty truck pass him from the direction of land which had been earmarked for housing and was owned by contractor George Wimpey.

On approach he saw fresh tyre tracks leading from the site and a pile of construction and demolition waste on the site. Soon afterwards he saw a fully laden tipper lorry heading towards the gates and found a second pile of waste dumped on the site.

Meanwhile a man walked through the gates and removed surveying equipment, a hard hat and high visibility jacket from a car parked on the site, giving the impression that he had a legitimate reason for being there. When Environment Agency and police officers arrived the man, Danny Bowling of Welling, south east London, denied he had anything to do with the car until he was told that he had been seen opening the boot and removing equipment. Mr Bowling later admitted his involvement in the fly-tipping during a police interview.

Sentencing Mr Bowling, the court said that the illegal tipping was a deliberate act driven by financial motives. In addition to the fine, Mr Bowling was ordered to pay George Wimpey £518 for the cost of removing the 30 tonnes of waste and £2,704 costs to the Agency.

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