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Witness helps prosecute fly-tipper who dumped a ton of waste in Folkestone

PUBLISHED: 11:58 22 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:58 22 September 2017

Crete Road West

Crete Road West

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Ben McIntyre was prosecuted on Tuesday

A fly-tipper who dumped a ton of building waste down a rural Folkestone lane has been ordered to pay more than £700.

Ben McIntyre was caught out when a passer-by spotted his car dumping the waste in Crete Road West.

The witness reported the incident to Shepway Council, which managed to track down McIntyre and bring him to court.

Despite pleading his innocence, Folkestone magistrates found him guilty of knowingly causing the unlawful deposit of the waste and not guilty to failing to respond to a notice asking for his vehicle details.

On Tuesday, September 19, he was fined £630 on top of an £85 victim surcharge and ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work.

Stuart Peall, cabinet member for environment, said “Without this witness it would not have been possible to achieve this outcome. This witness took a registration number and was prepared to attend court.

“This shows that we can and will take action when we have evidence or when a witness is prepared to come forward. I would appeal to everyone who shares our disgust and frustration about fly-tipping to report any incidences they see and be prepared to step up to the mark with the evidence we need. This will help us nail those individuals who have such a blatant disregard for our district.”

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