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Fly tipper fined

A fly tipper has been fined £1,200 and ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid community work after being caught by New Forest District Council dumping five loads of builders' waste in Hale (near Fordingbridge) and one load in Rockbourne.

Gary John Cooper, 55, Oaktree Field, Salisbury was ordered to pay the fine and carry out unpaid work for 150 hours within the next twelve months by Southampton Magistrates Court on 25 June 2018 after being found guilty earlier this year (May) of two counts of fly-tipping in the New Forest.

The latest fly tip, which included rubble and plasterboard, was cleared from farmer's land in Rockbourne around a week after Mr Cooper had been caught also dumping waste in Hale after the land owner found address evidence amongst the rubbish.

Cllr Alison Hoare, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Regulatory Services, "Fly-tipping is relatively rare in the district but when it does happen we will not hesitate to take action. This prosecution sends a clear message to anyone who thinks they can get away with fly tipping in the New Forest.  We will investigate and we work with police to take offenders to court.

"Dumping waste not only damages the look of the Forest it can also be extremely harmful to wildlife. I would urge anyone seeing any activity that they suspect may be fly tipping to report it to us."

Cooper was witnessed leaving the scene of the fly tip by one of our Enforcement Officers who was in a marked police car looking at previous loads of waste that had been tipped.

Fly-tipping can be reported to customer.services@nfdc.gov.uk 

 

Updated: 28 Jun 2018
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