Man fined hundreds of pounds for dumping waste on green space in moment of frustration

-Credit: (Image: South Gloucestershire Council)
-Credit: (Image: South Gloucestershire Council)

A man has been ordered to pay a total of £368 in fines after he admitted to dumping bags of waste on a local green space near his home in a moment of frustration.

David Shelton, 25, of Burdock Road in Lyde Green, appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court on Monday, July 8. He pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and was handed a £120 fine, ordered to pay £200 in costs and £48 victim surcharge, making a total of £368.

The court heard that on January 31 this year, a fly-tip was discovered on a green space between Honeysuckle Road and Trefoil Way in Lyde Green, which consisted of 10 refuse sacks full of household waste. The waste was examined and was found to contain correspondence addressed to Shelton's home.

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South Gloucestershire Council investigated the fly-tip and on February 12 Shelton attended the council's Yate offices for voluntary interview. During the interview he was shown images of the waste dumped at Honeysuckle Way and admitted that he was responsible for fly-tipping the waste.

Shelton stated the waste had built up over time at the address which he shares with his partner and her family. He had been storing the additional waste in the home's green waste bin and took it upon himself one night after dark to wheel the bin to the nearby green space and tip the sacks of waste out.

Shelton fully accepted responsibility for the offence of fly-tipping, stating that he acted out of frustration in the heat of the moment. The interview was concluded and he was reported for summons for the offence.

Councillor Sean Rhodes, cabinet member responsible for environmental enforcement at South Gloucestershire Council, said: "Residents can easily get rid of this type of waste for free at one of South Gloucestershire's Sort It recycling centres. There is no excuse for fly-tipping and harming the environment. We all have a responsibility to ensure that our waste is disposed of in a responsible and lawful manner.

"South Gloucestershire Council always pursues fly-tip related prosecutions through the courts and our award-winning environmental enforcement team has a 100 per cent record of securing successful prosecutions for this type of offence."