Published: Friday, 13th July 2018

A man has been fined £1,000 for failing to co-operate with a fly-tipping investigation after waste was dumped in Rainham.

In February 2017 Medway Council found a large amount of waste, including tiled boards, a shower screen and shower tray, dumped by garages in Scott Avenue, Rainham.

A council investigation found a delivery note amongst the rubbish and further investigations revealed that Michael Nunn, 32, of Peacock Rise, Chatham, had been hired to replace a shower in a property in Walderslade and he had taken the waste away.

Council officers interviewed Nunn in September 2017. He denied fly-tipping the waste and claimed he left it in the garage of the property. He agreed to pass on a colleague’s contact details to verify his statement, however, when the details were requested he failed to provide them.

In October 2017 a notice was sent to Nunn requesting the contact details again, but he did not reply.

Nunn was charged with failing to comply with a notice pursuant to section 108 Environment Act 1995 and summonsed to court on Friday, 6 July.

He failed to appear at Medway Magistrates Court and the case was proved in his absence.

Magistrates fined Nunn £1,000 and ordered him to pay costs of £869.40 and a victim surcharge of £100, totalling £1,969.40.

'Fly-tipping is unacceptable'

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder in charge of Enforcement, said: “Fly-tipping is unacceptable. We will prosecute anyone found dumping waste in Medway as well as those who hinder fly-tipping investigations. I would like to encourage residents to continue to report fly-tipping incidents to us so that we can clear them as quickly as possible.”

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