Fly-tipper to pay £3,000 for dumping fridges in Barnes Lane

Fly tipped white goods on Barnes Lane

A St Albans resident has been ordered to pay more than £3,000 following a fly-tipping incident in Barnes Lane, Kings Langley in July 2023.

On Wednesday 31 January 2024, at St Albans Magistrates' Court, Peter Gumble of Barley Mow, St Albans, pleaded guilty to the unauthorised deposit of controlled waste in Barnes Lane. The defendant was ordered to pay a total of £3,039.50, which consisted of a £880 fine, £1,807.50 costs and a victim surcharge of £352.

The court heard that on Monday 3 July 2023, a male driver of a white Ford Transit van was caught on one of our covert cameras dumping a number of fridges and fridge freezers on the country lane. The vehicle was traced to Gumble and despite numerous efforts, he failed to engage with our officers. We referred the matter to Court where an arrest warrant was granted. Gumble handed himself into police on Monday 8 January 2024.

Cllr Robin Bromham, our Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Operations, said: “Fly-tipping is completely unacceptable as it has a huge negative impact on our local community and surrounding environment and wildlife. 

“We investigate all fly-tipping incidents and issue fixed penalty notices or prosecute individuals when sufficient evidence is found. I’d like to remind residents to always check your waste carrier’s registration details on the Environment Agency website to ensure that your waste is dealt with responsibly.”

More information about using authorised waste carriers can be found on our fly-tipping page.

Dacorum residents can dispose of household waste free of charge at any of Hertfordshire County Council’s recycling centres, or pay to use the our bulky waste collection service.