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Great Yarmouth Borough Council is naming and shaming four people who have recently been convicted of fly-tipping in the area, to deter others from dumping waste.
The council's environmental services department has one of Norfolk's best records for enforcement on fly-tipping and littering, with nine prosecutions totalling £10,700 in fines issued and 10 fixed penalty notices in the last 12 months.
It says it wants to name and shame convicted offenders to support its Environmental Rangers' ongoing efforts to educate people about disposing of waste responsibly - and the potential consequences of fly-tipping.
Anyone caught fly-tipping risks an £80 fixed penalty notice or, if they're prosecuted, a fine of up to £50,000 and/or up to 12 months in prisom or in the most serious cases an unlimited fine and/or five years in prison.
The following four prosecutions were concluded at Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court in the last few weeks. All defendants pleaded guilty.
Michael Latchford, aged 52, of Mill Road, Cobholm, fly-tipped a toilet pan, some wood, two cardboard boxes and other waste, in and around two wheelie bins at High Mill Road, Cobholm, Great Yarmouth. He was fined £100, and told to pay £40 compensation for disposal costs, and £100 legal costs, plus a £20 victim surcharge.
Tanya Bond, aged 22, of Wellesley Road, Great Yarmouth, fly-tipped bags of waste on the grass area at The Lea, off Lawn Avenue, Great Yarmouth, and the passage at the side of Alderson Road. She was given a six-month conditional discharge and told to pay £150 costs.
Maciej Ornowski, aged 38, of Friars Lane, Great Yarmouth, fly-tipped melamine wood chip panels at the side of household communal wheelie bins on Lancaster Road. He was fined £200 and told to pay £150 costs plus a £20 victim surcharge.
Marius Braziunas, aged 29, of Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth, fly-tipped a refrigerator, bicycle, computer and various other items in Well Road, at the side of Time and Tide Museum. He was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £150 plus a £20 victim surcharge.
Cllr Sylvia Pratt, the borough council's cabinet member for the environment, said: "Fly-tipping looks unsightly, pollutes land and waterways and is costly for local authorities - and therefore taxpayers - to clear up.
"This environmental crime, which ranges from dumping of a single black bin bag, up to many tonnes of waste, is selfish and totally unjustifiable when there are so many facilities to enable the responsible disposal of waste.
"Great Yarmouth has one of Norfolk's best records for enforcement on fly-tipping, and uses various methods to catch offenders, including patrols, public tip-offs, CCTV evidence and identifying evidence found in the dumped waste itself.
"When enough evidence exists, the borough council will always prosecute and name offenders, rather than issue a fixed penalty notice, because this sends a strong educational message to everyone that fly-tipping is unacceptable and has consequences, one of them being a criminal record."
Anyone who witnesses someone fly-tipping in Yarmouth or has information that may help to identify an offender should contact the Environmental Rangers on 01493 846478.