Two in court for blighting Medway with fly-tipping


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A man was fined £1,000 after he fly-tipped a large amount of waste when he had been paid to clear it from a house.
Matthew Towers, 35, of Forge Lane, Upchurch, was employed as a gardener and was paid £30 by a householder to remove rubbish from her home.
But instead of disposing of it in the correct way at a council tip, Towers dumped the items on land near garages in Romany Road, Tywdall, in March.
Evidence found amongst the waste, which included two doors, wood and carpet, led Medway Council officers to Towers.
Towers admitted he had dumped the waste there and said he had intended to go back and dispose of it properly but had forgotten.
He admitted a charge of fly-tipping under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and a charge of  having  no waste carriers license under the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 and was fined £500 for each and ordered to pay costs of £388.40.
These offences were carried out during the same week Towers was in court for a separate fly-tipping offence where he was fined a total of £1,076.
In a separate case, Christopher Beard, 34, of Stuart Road, Gillingham, was sentenced to 200 hours community service and ordered to pay £505 costs after he admitted fly-tipping under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
His fly-tipping was discovered at Cinder Path in Gillingham and it included a kitchen unit, worktop, cardboard, blinds and plastic wrapping.
During an interview with Medway Council officers, Beard admitted dumping the rubbish in December 2013 after being asked by a householder to remove it and said he had gone to a council tip to dispose of it but it was closed.
Both cases were heard at Medway Magistrates’ Court.
Medway Council takes fly-tipping extremely seriously.
The fines for fly-tipping are substantial and can be up to £50,000, with a six-month prison sentence.
If the case is taken to Crown Court, the fines can be unlimited and if hazardous waste, such as asbestos, is dumped, a prison sentence of up to five years can be imposed.
Vehicles used for fly-tipping can be seized by the police.
You can report fly-tipping to the council at

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