Two men prosecuted for fly-tipping in Fishwick

Posted on - 13th August, 2018 - 2:12pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Crime, Preston News
The waste was discovered near the River Ribble

Two men have been prosecuted for fly-tipping waste in Preston.

Preston City Council were successful in their case against Andrew Milne and Paul Williams who appeared at Preston Magistrates Court on Wednesday 8 August.

Milne is a registered waster carrier who operates under the name ‘Done N Dusted’ with Williams being one of his associates.

On Wednesday 23 December 2017, a large pile of mixed household waste was discovered abandoned on an isolated track near the River Ribble at Fishwick Bottoms.

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City council enforcement officers returned the next day to examine the waste for evidence and discovered a second pile of waste had been dumped at the same location.

Evidence recovered from the waste linked to three domestic properties in the Preston area, who had all paid the business Done N Dusted to remove their rubbish.

Officers then discovered it was operated by Andrew Milne who used a Ford Transit tipper lorry to transport waste.

On 20th December 2017, Preston Police attended Milne’s home address with Preston City Council’s enforcement officers and seized his lorry, which was subsequently crushed in line with the Council’s seizure powers.

Mr Milne’s vehicle was seized

Milne and Williams were interviewed by the Environment Agency and admitted that Williams dumped the waste using Milne’s vehicle and with his permission.

Milne denied being present at the time of the offences but admitted that he’d been involved in the removal of the waste using his lorry, making him jointly liable for the offences.

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Appearing at Preston Magistrates Court on Wednesday 8 August, both men pleaded guilty.

Milne had to pay a penalty of £1885.75 and Williams a total of £1313.75.

Cabinet member for environment, Councillor Brian Rollo, said: “Thanks to the rigorous investigations and combined work of the Police, Environment Agency and Preston City Council we have successfully prosecuted these individuals for fly-tipping offences.

“This is another example of the tireless efforts and excellent partnerships working to help keep our city and surrounding areas clean. We continue to encourage anyone to report fly tipping incidents via the website.”

How do I report fly tipping in Preston?

Preston City Council is responsible for monitoring and collecting items which have been dumped illegally.

You can report fly tipping by calling 01772906909 or using an online form to report it.

You can also use the website fixmystreet – which shows all reports in the area.

Staying safe

never touch the waste: fly tipped waste can be dangerous – it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances

never disturb the site – there may be evidence that could help identify the fly-tippers and lead to their prosecution

never approach anyone you see fly tipping – they could become violent

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