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Early morning fly-tipper fined

Date: 07/08/2008           Category: Community Safety

A man who was spotted dumping rubbish in the early hours of the morning has been fined nearly £400. Simon Deards was seen fly-tipping cardboard boxes and cutlery in Sundridge Hill, Strood at 4.15am on 28 February, 2008. Deards, 34, of Maidstone Road, Rochester, pleaded guilty to Medway magistrates on 31 July, 2008. He was given a £200 fine and ordered to pay costs of £145 and a £15 victim surcharge. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Enforcement Cllr Rehman Chishti said: “Fly-tipping and rubbish dumping will not be tolerated anywhere in Medway. “We want to preserve our green spaces and ensure our communities are kept free of other peoples’ waste. There are three waste and recycling centres in Medway and I would urge residents to dispose of their waste here, rather than blighting Medway, because the council’s enforcement team will seek court action against anyone caught fly-tipping.” The incident happened near Medway Council’s household waste and recycling centre, also in Sundridge Hill. The centre is open Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6.30pm and Sundays, 9am to 4pm. There are also centres in Shawstead Road, Chatham and Ambley Green, Gillingham. For more details, please call Customer First on 01634 333333 or visit www.medway.gov.uk/environment