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GUILTY: Man prosecuted for fly tipping offence in Hemel Hempstead

 Published on: 9th March 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man from Hemel Hempstead was prosecuted for a fly tipping offence on Wednesday, March 1, after Dacorum Borough Council (DBC) found his address in the dumped waste.

Dumitru Dragomir, of Botley Road, pleaded guilty at St Albans Magistrates’ Court and was ordered to pay a fine of £200 and costs of £552.84.

The court heard that in August 2022, a DBC environmental enforcement officer inspected a fly tipping report of a box and sacks dumped in a passing place along Holtsmere End Lane in Hemel Hempstead.

Within the waste, correspondence was found including Dragomir’s address. DBC issued him with a £312 fixed penalty notice (FPN) for failing to demonstrate householder duty of care responsibilities when disposing of domestic waste. The FPN was not paid so DBC was then obliged to seek prosecution for the offence under S.34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Pleading guilty, Dragomir said that he had arranged for someone else to dispose of the waste but it was not intended for it to be disposed of unlawfully.

Councillor Julie Banks, DBC’s portfolio holder for communities, said: We need people to understand that their waste is their responsibility. Anyone offering to take it away has to be registered to carry waste, or it could end up fly tipped, and you could be prosecuted for failing to take reasonable steps to prevent it. If you see fly tipping, please report it via our online reporting tool by visiting www.dacorum.gov.uk/flytipping

DBC is part of the the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group (HFTG), a multi-agency taskforce including the borough, district and county councils as well as Herts Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency, and the National Farmers’ Union.

These organisations have come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly tipping. HFTG is delivering improvements in enforcement capability across the county, as well as rolling out new technology to assist in identifying and prosecuting fly tippers.

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