Successful prosecution for fly-tipping offences at Venn Quarry

Posted on: 17 October 2017

North Devon Council has successfully prosecuted a local man for fly-tipping builders’ rubble near to Venn Quarry.

The fly-tipping case was heard at North Devon Magistrates Court on Thursday 12 October 2017. Mr Jon Beer from Venn pleaded guilty to two charges of fly tipping under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. He was convicted and over £1,600 in fines and costs were ordered by the court for the two offences of fly-tipping.

The offence came to light when covert cameras were used at a ‘hotspot’ in Venn near Barnstaple. A green Kawasaki ‘mule’ vehicle being driven by an offender was captured on camera depositing builder’s rubble down a bank. Subsequent enquiries revealed the vehicle was being driven by Mr Jon Beer, and was owned by his company.

As part of the case, the vehicle was seized under the Control of Waste (Dealing with Seized Property) Regulations 2015 (England and Wales). The legislation allows local authorities to seize a vehicle, trailer or mobile plant and its contents if the council believes the vehicle is being or will be used in committing waste crime. In this case the vehicle was returned to the owner following the court hearing.

North Devon Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: “North Devon is a beautiful place to live and we will continue to work hard to keep it this way. This is why we have a zero-tolerance approach towards fly-tipping. It is an anti-social crime which costs councils £45.2 million a year to deal with. The majority of responsible companies and people dispose of their waste correctly, but there’s a minority who want to make a quick buck and simply fly-tip the waste – leaving the taxpayer or landowner to foot the bill.”

To report littering, flytipping or other environmental offences, please contact customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk. You can also report incidents on the council’s website www.northdevon.gov.uk/flytipping.

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