Published: Monday, 11th June 2018

A man from Gillingham has been ordered to pay hundreds of pounds after failing to assist with a fly-tipping investigation.

Tony Turtle, 57, of Ferndale Road, Gillingham, pleaded not guilty to failing to comply with a notice pursuant to Section 108 Environment Act 1995 at Medway Magistrates Court in February and a trial date was set for Wednesday, 23 May. Turtle failed to attend court and the case was proved in his absence.

On Friday, 5 May 2017, Medway Council were informed of a fly-tipping incident outside a block of garages in Lynsted Road, Twydall. Around 16 blue rubbish sacks, containing building waste such as glass, rubble and wood, had been dumped outside one of the garages. A council investigation found a receipt in one of the bags addressed to a building contractor. Council officers spoke to the contractor who advised that Turtle was the only person he used to collect rubbish.

Turtle was sent a letter inviting him to contact the council to organise an interview about the incident. He ignored the letter and was sent a notice asking him to answer three questions about the fly tipped waste. Turtle did not reply and was summonsed to court.

Magistrates fined Turtle £400 and ordered him to pay £500 court costs and a £40 victim surcharge.

'We do not tolerate fly-tipping in Medway'

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder in charge of Enforcement, said: “We do not tolerate fly-tipping in Medway. People who are found to be dumping waste or hindering fly-tipping investigations will be prosecuted. I would also encourage residents to continue to report fly-tipping incidents to the council so we can arrange to get the waste cleared as quickly as possible and investigate thoroughly.”

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