Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 17 June 2021
A FLY-TIPPER has been slapped with a hefty fine of £400 after irresponsibly and illegally dumping 10 bags of rubbish in Kirkby Mallory.
A £400 fine was dished out to the person, or group, responsible for leaving the mess, following an investigation of the items which were left inside of the bags.
All of the bags of waste which were discarded have since been recovered.
The announcement was made by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, who posted it on their official Facebook page this morning (17 June).
The incident was investigated following a report that the mess had been irresponsibly placed there.
At the time of publication, the exact road name of where the mess was left has not been made public knowledge.
Expressing their opinions on Facebook about the fine being handed out, one Hinckley resident, said: “I really struggle to understand why people fly tip.
“There are so many ways to get rid of unwanted rubbish, furniture and trade waist. No excuse to be honest!”
Another added that they believe the Council should have the right to ‘name and shame’ the fly-tippers publicly.
They said: “£400 is a good start. Now publicly name and shame the culprits.”
Another stated the fine should be raised, saying: “Brilliant, it should be more than £400.”
Not the only reported case in recent weeks
Sadly, this is not the only case of fly-tipping to be reported in recent weeks.
Eight days ago (9 June), an extensively larger fly-tip took place in Shenton on Mill Lane, where planks of wood, a black hoover, a children’s play cart, pink scooter, a white office chair, and buggy were all dumped.
The nearest tip to Hinckley is Barwell Tip, just a 7 minute drive away on Stapleton Lane in Barwell.
Those needing to pay a visit can arrange to do so by pre-booking in advance online.
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence, under Section 33 (1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and the Clean Neighbourhood Team are able to issue fines, known as Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN), to those responsible for illegally dumping waste.
FPNs are £400, but they can be discounted to £200 if early payments are made within 10 days.
If you spot anybody fly-tipping, or traces of any fly-tipped mess in the borough, it should be reported to the Borough Council online, which can be done so on their official website, linked here.