Gosport fly-tipper gets huge fine

By Connor Steel / Photograph, Gosport Borough Council

A MAN has been fined a huge total of £3,500 and must undertake 300 hours of community service after he appeared before Portsmouth Magistrates Court for dumping waste without a permit, having admitted the offence at a hearing in June.

Adrian Ward, 56, of Cochrane Close, Gosport, was charged with fly-tipping after rubbish was left on a path at Wingate Road Industrial Estate in April 2020. That was at the height of the first Covid-19 lockdown as tips closed to maintain public safety.

He dumped wood, cardboard, binbags and glass, blocking the path for one day until authorities were able to clear the mess deemed ‘unacceptable’ by local residents who had been disrupted. Once cleared Gosport and Fareham Borough Council enforcement officers combined to solve the case, identifying and investigating a vehicle using CCTV. Items found in the waste also helped identify witnesses who could name Ward as the dumper. He was then arrested and charged, with his sentencing hearing taking place this week.

For this offence Ward was fined £2,500, ordered to pay costs of £830 and a victim surcharge of £181, taking the overall total to £3,501. The fly-tipper was also ordered to complete 300 hours of community service following a council report calling Ward “a repeat offender”, with the district judge offering the maximum punishment.

In a press release on GBC’s website Councillor Philip Raffaelli, chairman of the council’s Community Board, said: “We use CCTV to deter people from committing these crimes and will not hesitate to prosecute any offenders we identify.

“The fine in this case shows the court takes fly tipping as seriously as we do. I hope it will make others think twice before disposing of waste illegally.”

Meanwhile a statement from Fareham Borough Council’s Councillor Trevor Cartwright, said: ‘This is a significant prosecution for the council and we hope that this will act as a deterrent for others who may be tempted to offend.

“Fly-tipping is unacceptable, and we will do everything we can to prosecute offenders in Fareham. The judge in this case was particularly complimentary of the evidence provided and the way in which it had been documented, which is testament to the hard work of our officers.”