Plymouth company fined over £1000 for flytipping offence

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Posted on: 19 October 2018

North Devon Council is cracking down on companies across the district that do not clear up their waste properly, following a successful prosecution.

On Monday 15 October 2018, Mr Steven Pook of A1 Fencing Decking & Garden Services Plymouth pleaded guilty to the Duty of Care offence under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The prosecution relates to an incident in December 2017 when a fence was flytipped in the Barton Road area of Barnstaple by the company. Mr Pook was fined £432 for the offence with a victim’s surcharge of £43.  He was also ordered to pay £614 of council costs for carrying out the investigation, legal processes, and clean-up costs.

A warrant was issued for Mr Pook’s arrest after he failed to attend court earlier in 2018.  He was later arrested and placed before the magistrates’ court.  He was bailed to appear at Barnstaple Court on 15 October 2018, where in his absence a guilty plea was submitted.

Lead member for Environment at North Devon Council, Councillor Rodney Cann says: “This should serve as a clear message that the council will not tolerate fly tipping in the North Devon area, whether by individuals or companies, and we will work hard to hold offenders to account. Flytipping will cost you and your business a lot more in the long-run than getting rid of your waste in a responsible and legal way.”

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

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