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Friday 14 June

Sheerness man more than £2,000 out of pocket after flytipping waste

A Sheerness man has been given a curfew and will have to pay more than £2,000 after waste was found dumped in Queenborough.

Christopher Pepper, of Strode Crescent, was prosecuted by Swale Borough Council after waste – including mattresses, other furniture items and household waste – was found on Alsager Avenue.

Council officers were able to trace the waste back to a property on Appledore Avenue, Sheerness. The occupants confirmed they had asked on a local Facebook group for someone to remove the waste and agreed to pay Pepper £50 to do the work.

After numerous visits and correspondence to different addresses, council officers managed to locate Pepper, who was issued with a summons to court, where he pleaded not guilty to waste offences at the first hearing.

He failed to attend court for the trial so the court issued a warrant without bail for his arrest.

Pepper was arrested on 7 June 2019 and appeared at Medway court on the same day.

He was sentenced to 28 days, suspended for 6 months and was issued with a curfew order to not go out between 7pm and 7am every day. He must also pay costs of £1,916 and a victim surcharge of £115.

Cllr Tim Valentine, cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“Social media has made it easier for people to find local services, but unfortunately it has also made it easier for criminals to make money from people’s good faith.

“If someone offers to take away your waste for a low price, you need to check if they’re licenced to carry it. If not, there’s a good chance it will end up dumped and council tax payers will foot the bill for cleaning it up.

“Also you may be prosecuted yourself for failing in your duty of care to make sure the waste was disposed of properly.”

To check whether someone is licenced to carry waste visit the Environment Agency website or call 03708 506506.

For more information about fly-tipping, and what the council is doing to tackle it, visit www.swale.gov.uk/fly-tipping

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