Warning to fly-tippers

FLY-TIPPERS have been given another warning by council chiefs that they will face prosecution if they continue to illegally dump waste.

The warning came after Daniel Drawski, 37, of Grange Close, Peterlee, appeared before Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to breaching the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

He was the driver of a white pick-up vehicle which was recorded by covert cameras dumping some two tonnes of soil in Old Cemetery Road, Hartlepool, in July 2010

Drawski was ordered by the magistrates to pay clean-up costs of £109 and court costs of £100.

He was also given a six-month conditional discharge

Craig Thelwell, Hartlepool Borough Council’s waste and environmental services manager, said: “We want people to be in no doubt that we will use all powers available to us to clamp down on the activities of fly-tippers.

“We are determined to keep the town as clean and tidy as possible and stop fly-tippers from ruining the local environment.

“The cost of cleaning up fly-tipped waste also places a significant extra financial burden on the council.

“In this particular case, tiny hidden cameras recorded the vehicle driven by Drawski dumping soil on the highway and we were able to use the images as evidence in court.

“The question I would pose to would-be fly-tippers is this – can you be sure that you are not being watched as you go about your illegal activities?”

Anyone with information about fly-tipping can call the council on (01429) 523333.