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Man fined £600 for fly-tipping

Forest of Dean District Council (FODDC) has prosecuted a local man for offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

George Bradley of Foley Road, Newent failed to dispose of domestic and business waste correctly, which resulted in a fly-tip offence.

On 20th April 2018 officers working for FODDC attended a site on the Dymock Road outside Newent following reports of waste being dumped. They found a number of black bags and builder's waste at the roadside. Investigations identified Mr. Bradley as the owner of the waste. He was known to FODDC, as he had previously received a £50 fixed penalty notice for fly-tipping in 2017. Mr Bradley failed to attend an interview with officers from the council.

Mr Bradley appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates Court yesterday (11th February) and pleaded guilty. He was given a £600 fine, which was reduced from £900 due to the timely guilty plea and some mitigation. Costs of £500 were awarded to the council and Mr Bradley was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

Cllr Chris McFarling, cabinet member for environmental issues at FODDC, said: "This prosecution clearly demonstrates the council's commitment to protecting the environment and preserving the appearance of the Forest of Dean District. There is absolutely no excuse for fly-tipping, and the council will have no hesitation in prosecuting other people who are found to have shown a blatant disregard for the law."

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