Witness helps Council catch fly-tippers
Released on 27 February 2019
South Staffordshire Council has successfully prosecuted two men from Wolverhampton and Littleover, Derby for breaching environmental laws. The cases were heard at North Staffordshire Justice Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme on Monday 25 February 2019 and both defendants pleaded guilty.
Amritpal Kang (53), who lives in Wolverhampton, and his brother-in-law Boota Sahota (42) from Littleover, Derby, were caught fly-tipping a van load of rubble and tarmac in a farmer's gateway on Trysull Holloway on Saturday 11 August 2018. A member of the public saw the waste being loaded into the back of a van at Kang's property in Wolverhampton and an hour later spotted the same vehicle in Trysull Holloway where the contents was being fly-tipped. The witness reported the incident to Staffordshire Police and the offence was investigated by South Staffordshire Council, who tracked down the two offenders.
Kang was fined £853 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £85 and £461.75 court costs, resulting in a total cost of £1,399.75. Sahota was fined £1,333 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £135 and £461.75 court costs, resulting in a total of £1,929.75.
Councillor Roger Lees, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services at South Staffordshire Council, said, “It is completely unacceptable to fly-tip and this case shows that members of the public care about fly-tipping. As a result of this witness coming forward and the hard work of the Council's enforcement team, the Council was able to take formal action through the courts. The defendants are facing a bill of over £3,300 and now have criminal records.
“It's dreadful to see waste being abandoned in our countryside. All householders and businesses have a duty of care to dispose of their waste responsibly and the Council is working hard to stop those responsible for fly-tipping. We prosecute anyone who fly-tips and I'd encourage anyone who sees fly-tipping to report it using the Council's website at www.sstaffs.gov.uk.
“Bulky household waste such as sofas can be disposed of at local household recycling centres too and Councils also offer a bulky waste collection service. To book a bulky waste collection, visit www.sstaffs.gov.uk/myaccount where residents can access a variety of council services online."
Picture showing the fly-tipped waste.
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South Staffordshire District Council
Tel: 01902 696000