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Van owner prosecuted for allowing friends to fly-tip fridges on A52

17 May 2019

A van owner who allowed a friend to borrow his vehicle, used to fly-tip seven fridges on a lay-by on the A52 in Rushcliffe, has been fined and left with a bill of nearly £1,500.

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Vali Memis, 24, was prosecuted by Rushcliffe Borough Council at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on May 8 after CCTV captured a vehicle belonging to him being used to dump the items.

Cameras saw the van make the early morning visit to the lay -by on November 30 last year between the Nottingham Knight Island and the Wheatcroft Islands and in seconds leave the fridges strewn across the stopping area.

The council and Nottinghamshire Police subsequently seized the vehicle identified in the footage in December at an address in Nottingham and it was later destroyed.

Under environmental legislation, where controlled waste is deposited unlawfully from a vehicle, any owner or registered keeper can be treated as knowingly causing the waste to be dumped.

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This is whether or not they instruct others to dispose of the waste.

In mitigation, Memis emphasised he wasn’t the fly-tipper but by virtue of him being in control of the vehicle and failing to take reasonable steps when lending his van to a friend, he allowed the offence to take place. 

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Executive Manager for Neighbourhoods Dave Banks said: “This latest prosecution demonstrates again we will always enforce on those who choose to blight our communities with irresponsible fly-tipping.

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“The message is clear, we are watching you. We will continue to work relentlessly to punish anyone found committing these crimes in Rushcliffe and work with partners and use every tool available to bring them to justice.”

Memis pleaded guilty to one count of contravening the Environmental Protection Act 1990, was fined £200, given a victim surcharge of £20 and ordered to pay costs of £1,230.62 totalling a bill of £1,460.62.