Published: Monday, 17th December 2018
A flytipper pleaded guilty in court this week and was faced with costs and a fine totalling £2229.
On 12 December 2018, Christopher Wakefield, 27, of Snettisham, pleaded guilty to dumping a large transit van full of mainly domestic waste on agricultural land in Docking in February 2018.
In summing up, Mr Wakefield was told that it was an expensive mistake to make and one that the court did not wish to see repeated.
Cllr Ian Devereux, Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk cabinet member for Environment, said: "Flytipping is unsightly and ruins our beautiful countryside. If it is dumped on public land, it costs the tax payer to clear it up. If it is dumped on private land, then the cost often falls to the landowner. Every single one of us has a responsibility to dispose of our waste properly.
"It's a matter we take seriously and where we have sufficient evidence we will prosecute."
Cllr Devereux urges anyone with information about flytipping to report it with as much detail as possible. If it is happening - report to the police on 999. If it has already happened then report to the council using the online form at https://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/flytipping.
Please provide descriptions of individuals, times of day, number plates of vehicles, location, photographs. If evidence is present, don't touch it as this could jeopardise its use in the prosecution case.
If people need to dispose of waste that cannot go into the household bins they can:
- visit their local Household Waste Recycling Centre - details at https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/
- use the bulky waste collection service - call 01553 776676
- use a registered waste carrier - details available from the Environment Agency's website. Retain your waste transfer certificate as proof you used a registered carrier.