National park fly-tipper sent down

A man who dumped asbestos and other building materials in the North York Moors national park was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment at Scarborough magistrates court.

It is the first time someone has been sent to prison for fly-tipping in the borough.

Darren Goddard of Lazenby, near Middlesbrough, was prosecuted by Scarborough Council.

Council waste-enforcement officers and the police, as part of a fly-tipping task force, spent a significant amount of time investigating the offence.

Goddard pleaded guilty when he first appeared in court on 27 November, when the case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report.

Last week’s custodial sentence reflects the serious nature of the offence, given that Goddard knowingly and deliberately dumped asbestos in a national park.

Magistrates said in court that he acted for reward and that the offence was premeditated.

The authority’s transport and countryside manager, Harry Briggs, said: “This is an important sentence and demonstrates how seriously we, the police and the court service take such offences. We always investigate reports of fly-tipping with a view to tracing and bringing those responsible to justice. This is the first custodial sentence that we have achieved for an offence of fly-tipping in our borough, which must act as a warning to anyone who thinks they can dump waste in our communities and get away with it”.

Sergeant Gareth Gilleard, of the police added: “The custodial sentence imposed by the court sends a strong message that dumping waste in our precious countryside is completely unacceptable.

“The prosecution underlines how we can tackle this issue, with police, local authorities and other organisations working closely together.

“I would urge members of the public to help us; if you find or witness fly-tipping, wherever it is, record as many details about the incident and the waste as you can, and report it to your local authority or via the gov.uk website. This will allow us to take action against those responsible and stop them fly-tipping in the future”.

New powers which came into force in January permit the council to issue penalties to households who give their waste to unlicensed people, who often advertise through social media platforms such as Facebook. Anyone whose waste is found dumped can be charged, so the council is advising people to only use authorised waste carriers.

Anyone that witnesses fly-tipping in the borough of Scarborough should report it to the council online at scarborough.gov.uk or by calling 232323.

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