Council tracks down fly tipper via internet
Release date: 24 June 2016
Cotswold District Council’s drive to outlaw fly tipping was given a boost recently when a court convicted an offender and ordered him to pay a fine and costs totalling £1025.
Mr. Steven Grego, 30, a builder from Stroud, dumped bathroom fittings and packaging in the Cirencester Office Park whilst en route to his home after finishing a refurbishment job in Swindon.
Cheltenham Magistrates Court heard on 6 June that Mr. David Allberry (Managing Agent for the Cirencester Office Park) had reported the fly tip to Environmental Wardens from Cotswold District Council. Using information displayed on the waste packaging, they gathered customer details for the bathroom fittings from an online supplier. Subsequently, liaising with Swindon Borough Council and Trading Standards, the Wardens managed to track down the offender through the internet and social media. Mr. Grego initially denied the offence, claiming that he had never visited the refurbished property in Swindon. However, the evidence was overwhelming and - just before the hearing - he changed his plea to guilty. As a result, the judge fined him £250 for the offence plus £500 in costs. Additionally, he was ordered to pay a compensation charge of £250, together with a victim surcharge of £25, to Mr Allberry who incurred substantial expenses for clearing the waste and cleansing the disposal site.
Speaking after the prosecution, Cllr Sue Coakley, the Cabinet Member for the Environment at Cotswold District Council, said:
“I am very grateful to everyone involved in bringing this man to justice. Our Environmental Wardens used a lot of initiative to track down Mr. Grego, and we are pleased that he finally admitted responsibility when faced with the evidence we had collected. Our Wardens are a dedicated team and they continue to enjoy very good relationships with local people and neighbouring organisations with whose help they continue to combat fly tipping in the Cotswolds.”
“There are good arrangements in place for everyone to dispose of their waste legally so there is absolutely no excuse for fly tipping, and we will use every means at our disposal to reduce the number of incidents in the Cotswolds.”