VIDEO: Hidden cameras catch East Durham flytippers

A FLYTIPPER was caught on camera dumping waste beside a pond.

Paul Kitching faces fines and court costs of more than £600 after pleading guilty at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court to dumping waste and rubble on land owned by Durham County Council.

Kitching, of Gloucester Place, Peterlee, was one of two men captured on CCTV leaving the waste near a pond in Shotton Colliery.

His companion, Gary John Colledge, 25, of Eden Lane, Peterlee, was found guilty of breaching environmental laws when he appeared in court in March.

Kitching, also 25, gave evidence at Colledge’s trial stating that he was the other man in the film footage and, as a result, the council pursued a conviction against him.

Both men claimed that they had been approached by a man who had asked if they would use the rubble, which was in the back of their van, to fill a hole on the track to the pond.

But, the court was told that Durham County Council had not given anyone permission to dump the waste in the area or fill the potholes.

Magistrates fined Kitching £470 and ordered him to pay costs of £130 and a victim surcharge of £15. To report flytipping, contact Durham County Council’s streetscene on 03000 261000.