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Sittingbourne pair found guilty of fly-tipping

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Friday 29 March

Fines, community orders and unpaid work for fly-tippers

Two fly-tippers who dumped waste near a playground have been successfully prosecuted by Swale Borough Council.

Matthew Newin, 33, and Margaret Samuels of Swanstree Avenue, Sittingbourne, were prosecuted after waste including a trailer, carpets and household waste was dumped near Elm Grove Play Park, in Murston in October 2017.

Council officers traced the waste to a landlord who testified in court that he had employed Newin and Samuels to remove the waste from a rental property in Sittingbourne.

The pair had previously pleaded not guilty to fly-tipping and waste transport charges, so the case went to trial at Medway Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 27 March.

They were found guilty of fly-tipping and waste transport offences, and Mr Newin was given a 12-month community order with 300 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay compensation and costs totalling £1,075.

Miss Samuels was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay compensation and costs totalling £1,075.

Alister Andrews, environment response manager at the council, said:

"The witness evidence made sure these fly-tippers were prosecuted, which should be a reminder to people to make sure they know who is taking away their waste.

"It’s great when we catch those who are actually dumping the waste, because if they’ve done it once, it’s likely that they’d do it again.

"Thankfully we were able to find the culprits, and the bench acknowledged in their sentencing the seriousness of the offence, especially so close to an area where children play."

To check whether someone is licenced to carry waste visit the Environment Agency website or call 03708 506506.

For more information about fly-tipping, and what the council is doing to tackle it, visit www.swale.gov.uk/fly-tipping

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