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Hefty fly tip fine for Rushden resident

Published Tuesday, 05 January 2016

An East Northamptonshire resident has been fined over one thousand pounds for a fly tipping offence in Rushden.

In May 2015, officers from the waste team at East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) were called to attend a fly tip found at Ditchford Lakes. Officers found 12 sacks of household waste containing food and dirty nappies.

The waste was traced back to Courtney Upshall of Rushden, who was then given several opportunities to explain how the sacks got there.

Unfortunately, Ms Upshall refused to give information about this environmental offence and did not return any of the documents or reply to ENC.

On 5 December 2015, Ms Upshall pleaded guilty in court to failing to comply with a notice served under the Environment Act and was fined a total of £1,115.

Charlotte Tompkins, Waste Manager at East Northamptonshire Council, said: "If you receive any letters from ENC requesting information relating to an offence of fly tipping, it’s important to reply as failure to respond is also an offence under the Environment Act. ENC has a zero tolerance policy on any matters of environmental crime and residents and businesses may be liable for a conviction and fine if they do not respond."

You can help. If you see somebody fly tipping, please report it online or call 01832 742026. The more information you can give, the better chance ENC has of prosecuting so, if you can, please include:

  • The time and date of the incident
  • The location of the incident
  • A description of the person/s involved (e.g. sex, height, age, build)
  • A description of the vehicle used (registration number, make and model, colour)
  • A description of the waste being fly tipped (quantity and type of waste)