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Sutton Bridge man forced to pay out more than £3,000 for fly tipping offence

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A man was forced to pay out more than £3,000 after being taken to court by council bosses for fly tipping tyres.

South Holland District Council launched an investigated an prosecution into Martin Salter (60), of Wright's Lane in Sutton Bridge.

He was charged under the Environmental Protection Act, and pleaded guilty to the incident which took place in November 2021, admitting he first collected and then later redeposited seven tyres in a ditch on Centenary Way, Sutton Bridge.

The district council sparked a prosecution against a man for fly tipping in Sutton Bridge (57383868)
The district council sparked a prosecution against a man for fly tipping in Sutton Bridge (57383868)

The council says fly-tipping was spotted by a member of the public, who then reported the incident to the council, providing the number plate details of the offender's vehicle and photographic evidence of the fly-tip itself, which were used to track down the individual and during the court prosecution.

Salter received a court fine of £2,710, costs of £404 and a victim surcharge of £190, totalling £3,304 altogether.

His case was heard at Boston Magistrates' Court on June 6.

The district council says it is currently investigating a number of other cases of fly-tipping in the district where there is potential for prosecution based on evidence provided.

Coun Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for communities and facilities, said: "I am pleased that we have been able to achieve this successful prosecution, and hope that it sends a strong message that we as a council, and our residents, will not put up with fly-tipping in our towns, villages and countryside.

"I would like to thank the residents who reported the incident, and our enforcement team, for their hard work to investigate and bring action against this individual.

"Quick and detailed reporting of fly-tips provides us with the best possible chance of being able to find the culprits and take action, and I hope we will have more news soon about further results against those responsible."

Fly-tipping can be reported through the council's website via www.sholland.gov.uk/reportit.

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