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Basingstoke fly-tipper fined almost £2,000

One of the three fly-tipping incidents. Picture credits: Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

A fly-tipper who dumped rubbish on three separate occasions across Basingstoke has been fined £1,901.20 and given a 12-month community order.

James Ian Chirstopher, 34, of South Ham Road, Basingstoke was convicted after pleading guilty to the fly-tipping offences at a hearing at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court on Thursday, 13 February.

It's after the offender dumped rubbish from a transit van near Sherborne St John on two separate occasions on 18 April, 2019 and 6 May, 2019.

He was caught on CCTV on that instance and in the third incident, he was spotted by members of the public dumping a sofa on a byway off Greywell Road in Mapledurwell.

The witnesses reported the incident to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for investigation and Christopher was subsequently interviewed at Basingstoke Police Investigation Centre.

When questioned, Christopher said there were no financial incentives to the fly-tipping incidents and he also claimed he used his friend's van to dump waste from his house on all occasions.

However, he did confirm he did not have an Environmental Permit to legally dump the waste at the two locations.

The offender has been sentenced to a 12-month community service order where he will need to complete 100 hours of unpaid community service, and the fine which includes investigation and prosecution costs, a victim surcharge and compensation to the council.

Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cllr Ken Rhatigan said:

"We take a zero tolerance approachtowards fly-tipping and have convicted 16 individuals for fly-tipping offences since May 2018.

"“This case acts as a suitable reminder to all would-be fly-tippers that there are surveillance cameras operating across the borough, as well as people who will witness these incidents.

"“We are seeing more and more witnesses coming forward to support our prosecutions and this is very positive."

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