Groby fly-tipper handed £400 fine as witness caught them in the act

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 21 July 2021

A FLY-TIPPER who was caught in the act by a passer-by has been fined £400.

The illegally discarded waste (Supplied: Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council / Facebook)

The fly-tipper had illegally discarded six bags of waste in total into a ditch in Anstey Lane, Groby, which is just a 22 minutes’ drive away from Hinckley.

A fine was dished out to the owner of the vehicle as a dog walker had spotted them in the act and taken a photograph of their car’s number plate.

A DVLA check was carried out on the vehicle and a FPN (Fixed Penalty Notice) was subsequently handed out and paid within a five-day period.

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council have thanked the witness for being vigilant.

A Borough Council spokesperson said: “We thank the witness for being vigilant and for taking the time to report and complete a statement which allowed us to fine the individuals responsible for this offence.”

Now, they have urged other residents to keep watching and reporting any fly-tipping incidents, but to do so in a safe manner without any form of confrontation.

They stated: “Please keep watching and reporting.

“However, can we remind residents that you do not need to confront the people carrying out these offences.

“Just to try to capture at a safe distance simple information such as vehicle registration number, make and model of car, date and time. #besafe [sic].”

Fly-tipping is an illegal offence which can land offenders with a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Waste can be properly disposed locally at Barwell Tip on Stapleton Lane, Barwell.

If you catch anybody in the act, you can report them through the “Report fly-tipping page” on the Council’s official website, linked here.

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