Jail sentence for man over fly-tipped rubbish

Fly-tipped rubbish in Great Gransden.

Fly-tipped rubbish in Great Gransden. - Credit: Archant

A man has been handed a 14-day prison sentence after admitting fly-tipping rubbish in Great Gransden.

Samuel Porter, previously of Laburnham Road, in Biggleswade, pleaded guilty via video link at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced to 14 days imprisonment, to run alongside a separate sentence he is currently serving for an unrelated crime.

On June 27, 2016, South Cambridgeshire District Council received a report of a large amount of waste dumped on farmland off Eltisley Road. Investigators traced the waste back to an address in Biggleswade and Porter’s details were given as the person who took away the rubbish for £70.

The district council has thanked witnesses who reported a vehicle they saw at the site where the waste was dumped and provided the registration plate to help investigators.

Councillor Mark Howell, of South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “Fly tipping is a blight and totally unacceptable. It is carried out by a tiny minority who cost landowners and taxpayers thousands of pounds clearing it up.

“We are all victims of the crime and I am pleased our team has brought them to book. Please remember that everyone has a duty of care when disposing of their household waste.

“You must check the people you are giving your waste to are registered as a waste carrier. Failing to do so could mean you also end up with a knock at the door and legal action taken.”