Serial fly-tipper brought to justice

A fly-tipper who left a trail of waste across the countryside in Northumberland has been prosecuted by the county council.

Lee Green, 28, of Anton Place, Cramlington, pleaded guilty to six fly-tipping offences and two (specimen) waste carrier offences that took place in January and February.

Waste dumped in a lay-by off the A1 near Swarland.

Waste dumped in a lay-by off the A1 near Swarland.

He was ordered to pay a total of £3,061 costs and compensation and was given a 12-month community order, as well as a two-month curfew order which means that he must reside indoors between the hours of 9pm and 6am, monitored by an electronic tag. The van used during his dumping spree has also been seized and destroyed.

Green, who was not a licensed waste carrier, had been advertising house-clearance services on social media, but he fly-tipped the waste, some of which came from as far as Newcastle and Jarrow, in the Northumberland countryside.

He was caught and convicted after an investigation by environmental enforcement officers of Northumberland County Council’s Public Health Protection Unit.

They collected evidence from six separate fly-tipping incidents in Blyth, Cramlington, Bedlington Country Park and Swarland, from which they were able to identify the homes the material originated and trace the tipping offences back to Green.

In 2015/16, the county council spent £130,640 disposing of fly-tipped waste.

Peter Simpson, public health protection manager at Northumberland County Council, said: “Fly-tipping is a serious environmental crime and the council has a zero-tolerance approach towards perpetrators and will prosecute offenders to make sure they pay for their crimes.”