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Council's fly-tipping pledge

PUBLISHED: 17:48 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:16 11 May 2010

THE borough council this week vowed to crack down on flytippers as two men from Gorleston were fined after being convicted of the crime.

Trevor Coughlin, of Suffolk Road, was caught on CCTV on three occasions dumping rubbish at Magdalen Square bottle bank site.

THE borough council this week vowed to crack down on flytippers as two men from Gorleston were fined after being convicted of the crime.

Trevor Coughlin, of Suffolk Road, was caught on CCTV on three occasions dumping rubbish at Magdalen Square bottle bank site. After pleading guilty at Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court on Friday to depositing waste, he was fined £355.

Meanwhile, businessman Simon Storey, of Norfolk and Suffolk Roofing, was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £700 for dumping asbestos waste on the roadside.

Storey, of High Road, pleaded guilty at Yarmouth Magistrates' Court also on Friday to knowingly disposing of the asbestos waste without using the correct procedures and to two other charges related to the incident which happened at Hall Road in Hopton overnight on February 29.

Dean Fox, of Cambridge Avenue, Gorleston, pleaded guilty to dumping the waste from a vehicle and was given 200 hours of community service.

The council's senior environmental health officer Jeremy Marsh said: “The outcome of this case is very heartening. The council will make every effort to catch and convict flytippers. These men were guilty of dumping a dangerous substance with health implications to the general public.”

Flytipping costs the council more than £100,000 to clear up and senior environ-mental ranger Paul Shucksmith said it was money which could be better spent.

He said the bottle bank site in Magdalen Square was a flytipping hotspot.

“Some residents seem to think they can constantly leave general waste. We have done a lot of work at the Magdalen site to try to stop people flytipping. One problem is that people literally drive up and dump their waste rather than put it in the bins. That just encourages other people to flytip general waste.”

Additional household waste can be taken to the tip at Caister and the council has a service to remove large or bulky items from people's premises.

Mr Shucksmith added information from the public about flytipping was vital in securing a conviction and appealed for people to come forward with relevant information.

Anyone with information about flytipping should call the borough council's environmental health team on 01493 846478.

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