Huntingdonshire fly-tipper caught after van stuck in mud forced him to call police
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A FLY-TIPPER was caught when his vans became stuck in mud and was forced to call the police.
Huntingdonshire District Council found 3.5 tonnes of waste in a watercourse off Bullock Road, near Caldecote, prompting an investigation.
Enforcement officers found Erikas Pocevicius, or Cobden Road, Peterborough, had a fleet of vans and worked at a charity collector for Dreams Come True, through Byronswell Limited.
Pocevicius had built up a large amount of rubbish at his premises from unwanted material from the bags and was served a notice by Peterborough City Council to remove it.
Instead of hiring a skip or disposing waste lawfully, Pocevicius paid six other people to fly-tip the rubbish.
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Shirley Tracey, representing HDC, told Huntingdon magistrates on June 25, that Pocevicius admitted the offences after one of his vans got stuck in mud next to where they were fly-tipping, leaving him no option but to call the police.
Pocevicius was given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered him to pay costs of £2,978.38 and an £80 victim surcharge.
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On sentencing, the magistrates said the fly-tipping was extremely serious and on a large scale. They added that it was well organised, done for reward and they had “every indication it was premeditated”.
Councillor Darren Tysoe, Executive Councillor for the Environment, said: “Fly tipping is an increasing problem. It can have public health implications and is unsightly. We would encourage anyone with any information on fly-tipping to contact us as soon as possible so that we can investigate and, where possible, take further action.”