Man in ​Keynsham prosecuted for fly tipping offences

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The man ran an unregistered waste collection and disposal service

Mark Spicer, aged twenty-five, from St Johns Court, Keynsham, was running an unregistered waste collection and disposal service and after pleading guilty at Bath Magistrates Court to a waste duty of care offence, he has now been prosecuted in connection with fly tipping.

The hearing follows an investigation into dumped waste near Camerton, by Bath and North East Somerset Council. Spicer was made to pay a £500 fine, £350 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

The investigation concluded that Spicer was offering an unregistered, unregulated waste collection and disposal service. After being paid to collect the waste and dispose of it, Spicer sold the van with waste sill in the back.

On 12 March 2015, the waste from inside the van was discovered fly tipped on Paulton Lane. The items that were fly tipped included a small pool table, a pink bath, a push chair and general waste. Spicer was prosecuted for not staying in control of his waste.

“Fly tipping is illegal and we will do everything we can to investigate this crime and prosecute those responsible.” said Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), B&NES Council cabinet member for community services.

“It causes a blot on the landscape of our beautiful surroundings and those who do not dispose of their waste responsibly ruin the quality of life for every other law-abiding citizen.”

In a bid to tackle the big problem of fly tipping, the council is now putting measures in place, including the installation of CCTV cameras and warning signs in and around fly tipping hotspots.

The warning signs will inform the public that fly tipping is a serious crime that won’t be tolerated and that CCTV cameras could be in use within the area.

Both CCTV cameras and warning signs will hopefully also act as strong deterrents in the fight against fly tipping.

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