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Callous fly-tipper convicted for dumping fridges in picturesque countryside

31 October 2018

A scrap metal dealer has been convicted for callously dumping fridge freezers in picturesque countryside under a mile from his home that blighted a popular route to woodland for dog walkers and local residents.

Rushcliffe Borough Council prosecuted Kenneth Ferns of Cotgrave for irresponsibly throwing the electrical items away, despite being paid by local householders to dispose of the items responsibly in line with his profession.

Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard on October 26 that on two occasions during the summer he dumped the fridges on Fosse Way near to Cotgrave Gorse but was caught out by the authority’s surveillance cameras.

Rushcliffe Borough Council Deputy Leader Cllr Debbie Mason said: “Criminals will not be spared the punishment they deserve in these cases. The message is clear, always lawfully dispose of items or face the courts.

“This was an awful act that spoilt an otherwise picturesque area our residents love to use in their leisure time. Incredibly this was within a mile of his own address, creating an eyesore for people and neighbours from his own community who are among those who enjoy using the area.

“We have a zero tolerance policy on fly-tippers and whether you are a waste carrier or householder we will always consider prosecution when evidence is found on those who commit these crimes.

“Residents put their trust in Mr Ferns’ to responsibly dispose of their controlled waste as a reputable local business.

“Instead, he chose to blight this local walking route that had a very negative effect on the appearance of this lovely part of Rushcliffe.”

The white Ford van which Ferns used to carry out the fly-tips was seized by the Council in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police and when interviewed under caution Ferns admitted the offences.

He pleaded guilty to two offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for dumping the fridges on June 14 and August 3 this year, ordered to pay costs of £1,200,  carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and to pay a victim’s surcharge of £85.

Cllr Mason added: “Always remember when choosing a business to dispose of unwanted larger items from your home to check they are a licensed trade waste carrier by asking to see identification issued by the Environment Agency.”