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Fly-tipper prosecuted thanks to CCTV evidence

Post by Wirral Council News » Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:12 am

A fly-tipper has been successfully prosecuted by Wirral Council after being caught in the act on CCTV.

On Wednesday 25 July 2018 Mark Fitzgerald of Violet Road, Bidston attended Wirral Magistrates court and pleaded guilty.

He was sentenced to 50 hours of unpaid work, £500 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

Mr Fitzgerald was identified after covert CCTV had been installed by the council following a spate of fly tipping at the same location. 

He made two trips to Naylor Road, by Flaybrick Memorial Gardens on 23 October last year and used a borrowed Ford Transit van to dump a plastic child’s car, mops, a car tyre still on its rim, a large tree stump, an animal cage, a large fridge, two wheel barrows and a brown wheelie bin filled with waste.

Cllr Matthew Patrick, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for the Environment said: ‘I cannot understand why some people still think it is acceptable to illegally dump waste wherever they feel like it and I am pleased the person responsible in this case has been held accountable.

‘Fly-tipping is irresponsible and selfish and we have shown time and again we will use all powers at our disposal to robustly enforce serious environmental crimes.

‘Wirral’s environmental enforcement team and Magenta Living’s neighbourhood teams deserve a lot of credit for the hard work and dedication they put in to tackling fly-tipping.’

The surveillance operation was supported by Magenta Living, with their neighbourhood team providing intelligence to council officers.

Maureen Davies, Environmental Services Manager at Magenta Living said: ‘People often believe fly-tipping is a victimless crime and someone else will always clear up the mess for them. That’s just not the case.

‘Fly-tipping means valuable resources are spent cleaning up the mess; resources that could have been spent on something more worthwhile.

‘In this instance, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service had to be called out after the waste was set alight. The distress this causes for our tenants and residents across Wirral is huge and I implore anyone considering disposing of waste in this way to think again.

‘I am proud that our neighbourhood team was able to assist in this case and we will continue to work with Wirral Council to tackle this issue.’

To report fly-tipping or for advice about disposing of bulky waste items properly, visit the Wirral Council website. 

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Published by Wirral Council News on Thu, 02 Aug 2018

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