Prolific Fly-Tipper Fined £2000
A 36 year old man from Ipswich has been successfully prosecuted for fly-tipping and waste offences committed in both Babergh and Mid Suffolk during 2016.
On Tuesday 21 February 2017, Tommy Gorham, formally of Kingfisher Avenue, Ipswich, now residing at Upper Orwell Street, appeared before Ipswich Magistrates Court charged with four waste offences committed during 2016, including illegally fly-tipping waste in Bullen Lane, Bramford and also Church Lane, Sproughton.
Mr Gorham attended court and pleaded guilty to all four charges. The court took into account Mr Gorham’s guilty plea before ordering him to pay penalties including a £400 fine, £590.44 clearance costs and £1,150 investigation and legal costs.
The first incident took place in January 2016, when a large amount of household and building waste was found to have been dumped on farmland in Bullen Lane, Bramford. Documents addressed to Mr Gorham, or to properties which he owned, were found amongst the waste and as a person responsible for renting out properties, Mr Gorham had a legal ‘duty of care’ to ensure that all waste from his business was disposed of correctly and that Waste Transfer Notes were retained.
The second incident took place in February 2016 when a large van load of household waste was found to have been fly-tipped at Church Lane, Sproughton. Once again, a piece of correspondence linked to a property owned by Mr Gorham was found in the waste.
Officers invited Mr Gorham to attend an interview under caution in relation to the matter, but after he repeatedly failed to attend, he was arrested so that he could be interviewed at the Police Investigation Centre in Martlesham. Mr Gorham denied dumping the waste at the locations. He was unable to account for how he dealt with waste arising from his rental properties, nor produce any paperwork for the waste, despite being issued with a notice to do so and having previously been advised about his responsibilities in relation to waste disposal in 2013.
James Buckingham, Corporate Manager – Sustainable Environment, for both Councils said
We are pleased with the outcome of this case, whereby a prolific fly-tipper has been brought to justice. It’s good to see that the level of penalties given to Mr Gorham, even with the court taking account of his guilty plea, represent the cost of his crimes and the contempt he had shown for the environment and local community. Mr Gorham had a legal duty to ensure that waste from his business activities was disposed of properly. I hope this case will send a clear message to other offenders that we will not tolerate this behaviour and we will not hesitate to prosecute in such cases. The Environmental Protection Team at both Councils will continue to place a high priority on the investigation of fly-tipping and we are grateful to Suffolk Police for their assistance in arresting Mr Gorham so that we could interview him.
Cllr John Ward, Babergh’s Portfolio Holder for Environment commented “Church Lane in Sproughton has been a historic hot-spot for fly-tipping within the district, and so we are particularly pleased to have once again caught someone offending at this location”.
Cllr David Burn, Mid Suffolk’s Environment Portfolio Holder added “Unfortunately, the cost of removing fly-tipping on public land falls to taxpayers, and on private land must be met by landowners. I am therefore, very pleased that the court has specifically ordered that Mr Gorham pay the full clearance costs that both the Councils and the landowner incurred as a result of his unacceptable actions”.
The Councils are members of the Suffolk Tipping Action Group which aims to reduce fly-tipping across the county through the ‘Tip-Off: stop fly-tipping in Suffolk’ campaign. Individuals and Businesses have specific legal responsibilities in respect of waste. For further information, please visit http://www.greensuffolk.org/recycling/fly-tipping/.