Businessman found guilty of fly-tipping near Alford loses appeal

The owner of a clearance business, found guilty of dumping a kitchen in Well near Alford, has had his costs increased by £2,672 after a failed appeal.

Lincoln Crown Court recently upheld Skegness Magistrates Court’s decision to fine Andrew Marshall and Marshall Removals Clearance Limited £3,000 for the fly-tipping offence.

The judge also increased the costs awarded to East Lindsey District Council to £5,748, accounting for the additional prosecution costs.

ELDC’s portfolio holder for the environment Coun Tony Bridges said: “Fly-tipping is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in East Lindsey.

“We will take action against anyone caught fly-tipping and the outcome of this case sends a strong message to those who do fly tip that if caught it’ll be costly.”

The district council initially prosecuted Mr Marshall of Fuller Street, Cleethorpes, after the offence in July 2011, using CCTV evidence and information from local people.

The conviction forms part of the council’s ongoing effort to combat fly-tipping, which costs it around £2milllion a year to clean up after.

Since April 2012 ELDC has cleared up 1201 fly-tips - an increase of 36 per cent on the previous year.

Enforcement officer at the council Kristina West said: “Anyone with information on fly-tips should contact the council so we can bring those responsible to justice.

“East Lindsey is a beautiful district and no one should be allowed to spoil that.”

To report a fly-tip call 0800 1955228 or email flytipping@e-lindsey.gov.uk