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Two bogus operators from Hull ordered to pay more than £5,000 for series of fly-tips in the East Riding

Date
Mon, 25 Nov 2019
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Two men from Hull have been ordered to pay a total of £5,370 for their part in a series of fly-tipping incidents which blighted the East Riding countryside.

Christopher Herberts, of Gatwick Garth, Hull, and Steven Atkinson, of Bainton Grove, Hull, were prosecuted in one of the largest fly-tipping court cases brought by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Rubbish including fridges, furniture and building materials were found dumped on the roadside at five locations - in Newbald, South Cave, Hotham, Welton and Brantingham - over the space of eight months in 2017 and 2018.

Mr Herberts pleaded guilty to three charges of illegally dumping waste in Hotham, Brantingham and Welton during January 2018 when he appeared before Hull Magistrates’ Court on Friday 8 November.

He was fined £480 and was ordered to pay costs of £2,448.24 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

At an earlier hearing, Mr Atkinson pleaded guilty to five charges of failing to ensure waste under his control was transferred to an authorised waste carrier and disposed of legally, relating to fly-tipping incidents at Newbald, Hotham, Brantingham, Welton and South Cave.

The case was dealt with at Beverley Magistrates’ Court on 15 May this year, where Mr Atkinson was fined £600 and was ordered to pay costs of £1,781.82 and a victim surcharge of £30.

A series of five fly-tipping incidents were investigated by streetscene enforcement officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council between May 2017 and January 2018.

Newbald

Waste including mattresses, carpets, chairs, wheels, wood and children’s toys was found dumped in Beverley Road, Newbald, on 5 May 2017.

Evidence found at the scene was traced back to a resident in Hull. The resident said they paid Steven Atkinson £60 to remove waste from their property following a kitchen refurbishment.

South Cave

Fridges, a bath and building supplies were found fly-tipped at the side of Swinescaife Road, South Cave, on 16 August 2017.

Evidence found at the scene related to a property company in Hull. The owner of the firm said a man was paid £50 to remove waste from a bathroom refurbishment job.

The man was later identified as Steven Atkinson.

Hotham

Rubbish was found dumped in Pitbalk Hill, Hotham, near North Cave, on 11 January 2018, including electric light fittings, wood, plasterboard and plastic wrapping.

Information and CCTV footage provided by residents identified a white Ford Transit tipper-style van at the scene which was found to be used by Christopher Herberts and Steven Atkinson.

Welton and Brantingham

Three piles of rubbish including building waste, plasterboard, cement bags and metal light fittings were discovered in Stonepit Road, Welton, on 22 January 2018.

Later on 30 January, waste including doors, guttering, glass, window frames and trade waste was found fly-tipped in Spout Hill, Brantingham.

Evidence was found at the scene of both fly-tips relating to two addresses in Wigan and Doncaster.

When interviewed, a man from Wigan told the streetscene officer he had been overseeing building work at a property in Doncaster and he had contacted a man known as Chubbs – later identified as Steven Atkinson – to organise some waste removal.

To pay for the work, Mr Atkinson told the man to pay £2,590 and £750 into two bank accounts, one of which belonged to Christopher Herberts.

When interviewed by a streetscene officer, Mr Herberts said he had worked as a driver for Steven Atkinson – who was known as Chubbs or Chubby – for around six months up until January 2018.

He said the work involved collecting and selling scrap metal, carrying out odd jobs including gardening, and also carrying waste.

Neither Mr Atkinson nor Mr Herberts held valid waste carriers licences which are needed to operate legally.

Mr Herberts confirmed he and another man were paid £50 to remove waste from an address in Hull, and that he, Mr Atkinson and a third man removed waste from a house in Doncaster.

Mr Atkinson failed to respond to all approaches from the council.

Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “This was one of the council’s largest ever fly-tipping prosecutions, involving a large amount of waste dumped at five locations in the East Riding.

“It involved a long investigation by our streetscene enforcement officers and the help of residents and witnesses to bring these two bogus operators to court.

“We will continue to investigate and take action against fly-tippers, but we do need the public’s help to prevent it happening in the first place.

“We need residents and businesses to make some simple checks if they hire someone to remove waste to make sure they are using legal and licensed waste carriers.”

When hiring waste carriers, residents and businesses are encouraged to follow the SCRAP Code, a list of simple checks they can make to ensure they are hiring a genuine and legal operator. (See SCRAP Code below)

Firms operating legally will hold a waste carriers’ licence and be registered with the Environment Agency. Residents can check that registration online at https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register or by calling 03708 506 506.

Residents are also encouraged to dispose of their waste properly and legally by using their household bins, by taking it to household waste recycling sites, or by using the council’s bulky waste service.

Anyone caught fly-tipping could be ordered to pay a £400 fixed penalty notice or the case can be taken to court, where they face an unlimited fine or even imprisonment.

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