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Fly-tipping business owner hit with fine

Dumped waste at the rear of Thorndyke Avenue

A Teesside businessman has been hit in the pocket after Council sleuths tracked him down as the culprit behind a Middlesbrough fly-tipping incident.

The result was today welcomed by Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston who urged would-be fly-tippers to think twice before risking fines or even jail.

The Council’s Environmental Neighbourhood Safety Wardens were alerted to a load of household and business waste, car parts and containers dumped to the rear of Thorndyke Avenue at the end of April.

After arranging for it to be cleared away, they turned detective, tracking the dumped waste to a business based in Normanby.

When the owner – from Redcar – was unable to account for how his waste ended up in Middlesbrough he was served with a £300 Fixed Penalty Notice which has since been paid.

The company has also now signed up to a registered waste collection agreement with Biffa.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: “This was a fantastic piece of investigative work by the officer in the case that sends out a clear message to fly-tippers that they will be caught.

“There’s no excuse for this selfish, criminal behaviour that blights communities and wastes vital Council resources that could be better used elsewhere.

“The public hate it and we won’t stand for it – help us find those responsible and together we can stamp out this scourge.”

Fly-tippers face a Fixed Penalty Notice of £400 if caught, while failing to ensure waste is disposed of legally can land those responsible with a fine of between £150 and £400.

Anyone with information on fly-tipping is asked to contact the Council’s contact centre on 01642 726001. Anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping and dozens of other offences can also be reported online.

Middlesbrough Council offers a safe, free or inexpensive bulky waste collection service. For more information and to request a collection, visit the bulky waste page or call 01642 726001.

Residents can also book online to dispose of large items at the Household Waste and Recycling Centre at Haverton Hill. There is no charge for residents but fees apply for businesses.