Surveillance cameras catch fly-tippers in the act in Rotherham

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Surveillance equipment has helped secure three successful fly-tipping prosecutions in Rotherham.

Wesley Comrie, aged 26,of Rippon Close, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, was convicted of fly-tipping at Back Lane, Nether Haugh, Rotherham, after a surveillance camera was installed at the fly-tipping hotspot.

He was fined £890 penalty and ordered to pay £229.32 compensation to the landowners.

Christopher Foord, 29, of Victoria Road, Mexborough, Rotherham, also pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and was fined £275 and ordered to pay £430 in costs after he was caught dumping three bags of construction waste outside Rotherham Council’s refuse site at Old Warren Vale, Rawmarsh, Rotherham.

Foord claimed to have dumped the waste after finding the tip closed.

Tracy Ann Hopkins, 50, of Denman Road, Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham, was also caught dumping waste outside the Old Warren Vale refuse site, claiming she had failed to see the sign saying the tip was closed.

Rotherham Council’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Enforcement, Councillor Kath Sims, said: “Fly-tipping is not just an unacceptable form of anti-social behaviour, it’s also dangerous and potentially harmful to health and the environment.

“The use of mobile CCTV cameras in fly-tipping hot-spots is just one of the methods used to capture evidence that can then lead to prosecutions.

“We would always urge people to use one of the four Household Waste Recycling Centres or arrange for bulky waste collections ways rather than risking a fine and court record.”

Anyone wanting to report fly-tipping should call 01709 336003.