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Man in court over Bratton Fleming fly-tipping

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:00 17 January 2018

North Devon Magistrates' Court.

North Devon Magistrates' Court.

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A Bratton Fleming man has been ordered to pay more than £3,000 after dumping builder’s waste off the A399.

A Bratton Fleming man has been fined for two charges of fly-tipping.

Darren Elder, 46, of Homer Close, Bratton Fleming, pleaded guilty to the chargest at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

He has deposited builder’s waste on land at the junction of Benton Road and the A399 in Bratton Fleming between October 14 and 16 last year.

Elder was identified by the council’s enforcement officers through the fly-tipped waste he dumped on the outskirts of Bratton Fleming whilst renovating his property.

He was ordered to pay a £2,309 fine, as well as £170 in a victim surcharge and £580 in court costs.

North Devon Council’s executive member for environment, Councillor Rodney Cann said: “Fly-tipping is an anti-social crime, which costs councils millions of pounds a year to deal with.

“We are lucky to live in an area as beautiful as North Devon, and we each have an individual responsibility to keep it that way.

“This includes disposing of our waste in a legal and responsible way.

“It is disappointing that there’s a minority of residents who want to save themselves the cost of doing so by fly-tipping their waste, leaving the taxpayer or landowner to foot the bill.

“I hope this prosecution sends a clear message that we take a zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping, and it will cost anyone who is caught committing this offence a lot more than it would to dispose of waste legally.”

To report littering, fly-tipping or other environmental offences please contact customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk. You can also report incidents on the council’s website http://northdevon.gov.uk/flytipping.

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