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Two people ordered to pay hefty fines after their vehicles were used to fly-tip in Grimsby

Two people ordered to pay hefty fines after their vehicles were used to fly-tip in Grimsby

Two people have appeared at Grimsby Magistrates Court in relation to fly-tipping offences, it has been confirmed by North East Lincolnshire Council.

The pair – who were involved in two separate occasions in which their vehicles were used to fly-tip in Grimsby recycling banks – were fined £1,020 for the offences.

Jason Robinson, 39, of Vincent Road pleaded guilty to an offence under the Environmental Protection Act after his white Ford Transit van was captured on CCTV at the Waltham Road recycling banks on 29 March last year.

Although Robinson wasn’t in the van at the time of the offence, he was interviewed under caution where he admitted it was his vehicle.

He was then sent a fixed penalty notice for £400 in October, but failed to pay the fine.

As a result, he appeared before magistrates on 2 July, where he was fined £150, ordered to pay a contribution towards costs in the sum of £404.33 and a victim surcharge of £32, making a total of £586.33.

He was ordered to pay this at a rate of £50 per month.

The driver of the van at the time of the offence has yet to be identified.

Jessica Hann, 29, of Tunnard Street, Grimsby, also appeared in court where she pleaded guilty to two offences under the Environmental Protection Act.

This comes after her black Mazda vehicle was caught on CCTV at two fly-tipping incidents in Grimsby in January last year.

Two men, a driver and passenger, dumped rubbish including a large cardboard box, a black bin bag and a carrier bag next to the car park recycling bins.

They returned to the car park about 20 minutes later and dumped more rubbish before driving away.

Hann was not in the car at the time, but was traced as the registered owner of the vehicle.

She was invited to attend a voluntary interview to mitigate her circumstances but failed to attend.

Environmental enforcement officers sent Hann a fixed penalty notice for £400 in August last year, after which she made it clear she would not pay and wouldn’t be attending court.

Hann did not attend court when her case was originally listed and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

She appeared before court on 12 July and was fined £100 for each offence, ordered to pay a £32 victim surcharge and £202 costs, making a total of £434.

She was ordered to pay at the rate of £10 per week.

The car’s driver who fly-tipped some of the waste has been identified and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Cllr Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We will not tolerate fly-tipping in our borough. All incidents are investigated and where there is enough evidence, we will take legal action.

“It costs taxpayers in North East Lincolnshire tens of thousands of pounds each year to clear up illegally dumped waste.

“We all have a Duty of Care to make sure our waste is disposed of legally. Although the two defendants were not present when rubbish was dumped at the two recycling banks, their vehicles were.

“Posters or signs at all our recycling banks give clear warnings about CCTV and the implications of leaving waste next to the bins.

“In both cases, the rubbish could have been taken to the tip for free, there was no need to dump it.

“They both had the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty notice for the offences, but both failed to do so and ended up in court.”

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