A man has been fined £400 after letters addressed to him were found among several bags of rubbish which had been fly-tipped in a verge.

The pile of rubbish was found by the side of the Old Staverton Road, off the A425 between Daventry and Staverton shortly before Christmas.

It was cleared away by Daventry District Council’s environmental services contractor – but not before a Council investigator had sifted through it for clues, finding letters addressed to a house in Northampton.

Notices were sent out and the householder accepted it was his waste. The Council issued him with a £400 fixed penalty notice, which he has now paid.

Councillor Richard Auger, Health and Housing Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council said: “Fly-tipping is an eyesore and a serious public health risk for our residents. Hopefully this case serves as a reminder that we will not hesitate to take enforcement action when we have evidence of someone committing fly-tipping in our District. 

“We would also take this opportunity to remind people that if you are allowing someone to remove your waste, you must check that person is authorised by the Environment Agency to take it, and dispose of it safely. If you allow an unlicensed operator to take your waste and it is disposed of illegally, you could be held liable and may face a fine or even prosecution.”

Residents who see waste being illegally dumped or who spot fly-tipping are urged to report it to the Council using the self-serve system on its website, which is available 24 hours a day, at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/online  

Alternatively they can email environmentalimprovement@daventrydc.gov.uk  or call 01327 871100.

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