Press Release - Sevenoaks

Press Release

PR 6746

 

For Immediate Release

Swanley man snared for fly tipping offecnces

 

Sevenoaks District Council has prosecuted a Swanley man for five fly-tipping offences in Chelsfield Lane.

 

Thirty-three year old Liam Dunne of Pemberton Gardens pleaded guilty to the fly-tipping at Sevenoaks Magistrates' Court on Friday 13 May 2022. He was given 160 hours of unpaid work told to pay £3,548 in costs and compensation.

 

Mr. Dunn was brought to justive following an investigation by Sevenoaks District Council's Environmental Enforcement Team.

 

Folowing reports of fly tipping on Chelsfield Lane in 2021, the Team worked with Kent County Council (KCC) to set up CCTV at locations along the rural road.

 

Between 11 March and 9 April 2021, builders' rubble, soil, sand, and worooden boards were dumped on Chelsfield Lane on five occassions blocking the road. KCC removed the waste at a cost of thousands of pounds. 

 

Despite warning signs that CCTV was in operation, a Ford Transit van was recorded in Chelsfield Lane at the time of the offences and, on occasions, seen and heard tipping waste.

 

The Council's Environmental Enfourcement Team traced the Ford Transit to the registered owner, Mr. Baker-Eastwood. However, it was his employee, Liam Dunne, who was identified as the fly tipper.

 

Mr. Dunne was interviewed by the Council on 27 January 2022 when he admitted to the offences.

 

At Sevenoaks Magistrates' court on 13 May 2022, it came to light that Mr. Dunn had been disqualified from driving at the time of the offences. 

 

Mr. Dunn pleaded guilty to five fly tipping offences and was handed a 12-month Community Order with requirements to complete 160 hours of Community Service and 15 hours of rehabilitative activities and ordered to pay £3,203.08 in compensation to KCC, £250 in costs to Sevenoaks District Council and a £95 Victim Surcharge. 

 

Sevenoaks District Council's Cabinent Member for Cleaner & Greener, Cllr Margot McArthur, says: "Thanks to the hard work and persistence of our Environmental Enforcement Team, we havce stopped another fly tipper in his tracks. 

 

"Despite this being a complex case, our team was determined to see it through and bring the culprit to justice.

 

"This is another example of councils working together to protect our much cherished environment and I want to thank Kent county council for their help securing another conviction."

 

Issues by: Daniel Whitmarsh, Communication and Consultation Manager

Call: 01732 227414

e-mail: daniel.whitmarsh@sevenoaks.gov.uk

 

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