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Wellingborough man convicted in connection with several fly-tipping incidents following council prosecution

23 January 2024

Overstone and Rectory Farm flytipping

A man who illegally allowed his waste to be dumped in public areas over the course of four months in 2022 has been prosecuted and was ordered to pay £9,628.35 by Wellingborough Magistrates Court on 16 January 2024.

Following successful prosecution by West Northamptonshire Council (WNC), Mr Luke Daniel Brown, was charged with four offences of breaching Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Brown aged 30 of Furnace Lane, Wellingborough pleaded guilty to all four charges.

Neighbourhood wardens investigated four separate fly tips across West Northants.

The offences took place on 15 February at Court Farm Lane, Overstone, 3 March, at Pritchard Close, Rectory Farm, 15 March at Leyside Court, Overstone Lodge, and 6 June at Pritchard Close, Rectory Farm, Northampton.

During the investigation all the fly-tips and waste could be linked to Mr Brown and his business activities.

West Northamptonshire Council’s senior lawyer from the in-house legal team highlighted to the court that the offences were committed for financial gain and contained large amounts of household rubbish, together with unidentified animal carcasses, rotting meat, soiled bedding, empty food packaging and faeces, from the unlicensed dog breeding business that Mr Brown had been running from his home at the time.

Given the amount and type of waste you produced the offences were despicable and disgusting. If you were going to pay someone to get rid of your waste for you, especially given its nature, you should have been even more careful.The Magistrates

Mr Brown received a fine of £1,000 for each offence, was ordered to pay a £1,600 victim surcharge and the council’s full costs of £4,028.35, a total of £9,628.35.

Our officers worked extremely hard to achieve this outcome and ensure those who illegally fly-tip are held accountable. We will not hesitate to take action against those who think they can carelessly discard of their rubbish on our streets and green areas, causing a negative impact on our environment and our communities. There is simply no excuse for not ensuring waste is correctly disposed of, and offenders will face the consequences of their actions.  We would like to thank the members of the public that supported our investigations.Cllr David Smith, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Engagement, and Regulatory Services at WNC

Anyone can report fly-tipping on the WNC website, along with details of any information which can help to pinpoint the offenders. We value the support of our communities to help reduce fly-tipping and encourage pride in our local areas. To find out more visit our cleaner communities page.

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