24 April 2012
A Caerphilly county borough woman has been taken to court for a fly-tipping offence.
Penelope Beaumont of Wedgewood Court, Caerphilly was taken to court for an offence of allowing an unknown person to dispose of her waste, which was subsequently found dumped on Penyrheol Common, Caerphilly last summer.
Beaumont appeared at Caerphilly Magistrates Court on 3rd April 2012. She pleaded guilty to the offence under Section 34 (2A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. She was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 investigation costs and £85 prosecution costs.
Rob Hartshorn, Head of Public Protection at Caerphilly County Borough Council said, "Fly-tipping is a serious environmental crime, which can have a real detrimental effect on our countryside. We will not allow the very small minority who feel it is acceptable to get away with it".
The council is asking residents and local businesses to be aware of their legal duty to get rid of their waste properly and to report any instances of fly-tipping they may witness.
Offenders of fly-tipping can face fines of up to £50,000 and/or imprisonment.
To report fly-tipping or any other environmental concern in Caerphilly county borough, please call Caerphilly StreetPride on 01443 866 566 or visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk/streetpride
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