Fly-tipper fined after addressed letters found in rubbish

Photograph of fly-tipping found next to a garage

We have prosecuted a fly-tipper who dumped waste at a residential garage block in Hemel Hempstead after finding letters addressed to him in the rubbish.

Gary Puddephatt, of Stevenage Rise, Hemel Hempstead, pleaded guilty on Wednesday 7 March and was ordered to pay £1,197.

St Albans Magistrates' Court heard how in February 2017 an Environmental Enforcement Officer responded to a report of fly-tipping at a garage block in St Agnells Lane, Hemel Hempstead. Among the mixed waste were letters addressed to Mr Puddephatt. At court, Mr Puddephatt blamed friends for dumping the waste while helping him move. A fixed penalty notice was issued at the time but not paid.

Mr Puddephatt pleaded guilty at court and was ordered to pay a total of £1,197, including a £350 fine, £35 victim surcharge and £812 costs.

Cllr Janice Marshall, Portfolio Holder for Environmental and Community Protection, said: “The act of fly-tipping is a blight on our landscape, the clearance of which ties up valuable resources that could be better used in a more proactive way to improve the the borough. We hope these prosecutions send out a strong message about our zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping.”

Residents can report incidents of fly-tipping on our website.

Dacorum Borough Council is part of the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group which includes all Hertfordshire local authorities, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, The National Farmers' Union and the Environment Agency.