Whoever dumped this rubbish in March left Fenland Council a bit of a clue - letters to a Cambridge address complete with street name and postcode

PUBLISHED: 16:06 22 November 2018

Evidence of fly tipping in Lambs Hill Drove, March. Foolishly whoever dumped the rubbish left paperwork with identifiable names and addresses. We have blanked out the information but the authorities have the originals. Picture: ARCHANT READER

Evidence of fly tipping in Lambs Hill Drove, March. Foolishly whoever dumped the rubbish left paperwork with identifiable names and addresses. We have blanked out the information but the authorities have the originals. Picture: ARCHANT READER

ARCHANT READER

A fly tipper who came into March on Sunday has made it easier for Fenland Council to trace him after a Cambridge resident’s name and address was found on letters left among the debris.

Evidence of fly tipping in Lambs Hill Drove, March. Foolishly whoever dumped the rubbish left paperwork with identifiable names and addresses. We have blanked out the information but the authorities have the originals. Picture: ARCHANT READER
Evidence of fly tipping in Lambs Hill Drove, March. Foolishly whoever dumped the rubbish left paperwork with identifiable names and addresses. We have blanked out the information but the authorities have the originals. Picture: ARCHANT READER

The fly tipped material was reported to council officials but not before these photographs were taken and passed to this newspaper.

“I do hope Fenland Council will get a prosecution on this,” said our reader who took the photos.

“There looks to be plenty of evidence.”

Fenland councillor Jan French was alerted to the fly tipping – and to the photographs – and reported it on Monday to officials at Fenland Hall.

Evidence of fly tipping in Lambs Hill Drove, March. Foolishly whoever dumped the rubbish left paperwork with identifiable names and addresses. We have blanked out the information but the authorities have the originals. Picture: ARCHANT READER
Evidence of fly tipping in Lambs Hill Drove, March. Foolishly whoever dumped the rubbish left paperwork with identifiable names and addresses. We have blanked out the information but the authorities have the originals. Picture: ARCHANT READER

The rubbish was dumped in Lambs Hill Drove, March, where previous reports of fly tipping have occurred, but this time residents hope the guilty party will be caught and prosecuted.

Earlier this year a March man was ordered to pay more than £2,500 in fines and court costs for dumping rubbish in the same spot.

He pleaded guilty to fly tipping in both Lambs Hill Drove and Barker’s Lane nearby and appeared before magistrates in Peterborough.

He admitted two offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and was fined a total of £1,160 and ordered to pay the council’s investigation costs of £1,084.08. He was also ordered to pay £150 court costs and £116 victim surcharge.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “Fly-tipping is a serious offence which not only results in considerable cost to the public purse to clear but is also harmful to the community and the environment.

“We will not tolerate such offences and will continue to rigorously investigate incidents of this nature and prosecute the perpetrators wherever possible.

Members of the public should report fly-tipping to Fenland District Council via www.fenland.gov.uk/clean-streets or via Twitter or Facebook @FenlandCouncil or in person at any of its one-stop shops or community hubs.

Last year Fenland Council said that on average they received 120 cases each month connected to fly tipping.

Fixed penalties for those caught in the act have risen in the past year from £200 to £400.

Nationally there were just under one million fly-tipping incidents recorded by local authorities in the last year, a decrease of just 1 per from 2016/2017 to 2017/2018.

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