Building company fined £3,000 for fly-tipping

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A building company has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 after being found guilty of fly-tipping.

JAG Building Solutions Ltd was accused of illegally dumping controlled waste in a field off Church Lane in Graveley.

Director Jason Anthony Gilbert, 40, of Jackdaw Close, Stevenage, appeared at Stevenage Magistrates Court on Thursday.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge in a case brought about by North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC).

A witness for the prosecution spotted two men and a white tipping truck registered to JAG Building Solutions Ltd parked next to a mound of deposited waste, consisting of tree stumps and fence posts, while driving home on April 22 2014.

The witness, who saw the back of the tipping truck returning to its normal transit position, noted the registration of the vehicle and reported the incident to the Environmental Crime Officers at NHDC.

JAG Building Solution Ltd, was found guilty by the Magistrates and fined £1,000.

He was also ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £1,892.63, as well as a victim surcharge of £100, making a total liability of £2,992.63.

Councillor Bernard Lovewell, NHDC’s executive member for housing and environmental health said: “We hope that this case serves as a deterrent to anyone who fly-tips controlled waste in our countryside.

“Last year fly-tipping cost tax payers over £37,500 which, especially in the current financial climate, is money that would be better spent elsewhere.

“The Council takes fly-tipping extremely seriously and we are very pleased with the outcome of the court case.”