Warning to litterbugs as flytipper fined after illegally dumping waste

An example of flytipping in Dacorum
An example of flytipping in Dacorum

A litterbug has been successfully prosecuted for flytipping in Dacorum, thanks to the borough council’s environmental enforcement team.

Edward John Connelly of Hemel Hempstead was fined £180, as well as £150 legal costs a £20 victim surcharge, for dumping boiler lagging and other packaging on National Trust land in Hudnall Common, Little Gaddesden.

Mr Connelly pleaded guilty to dumping waste illegally at Watford Magistrates Court on Tuesday, after having denied the act when interviewed by Dacorum Borough Council environment officers.

The local authority’s regulatory services team leader Nicholas Egerton said: “We take the issue of flytipping very seriously.

“I hope this prosecution sends a clear message to people – make sure you dispose of waste legally and responsibly and always use a registered waste carrier.”

Flytipping remains a concern in the borough, with numerous illegal waste dumping incidents across Dacorum reported already this year.

One of the main ‘hotspots’ for the crime is Hemel Hempstead’s Cupid Green Lane, last targeted just weeks ago.

Litter bosses at the council previously revealed they are thinking of installing CCTV cameras in the lane to try and catch out the people who keep dumping rubbish there.