Covert cameras used by council to snare fly-tipper

An example of illegally dumped rubbish in the Mansfield area.
An example of illegally dumped rubbish in the Mansfield area.

Hidden CCTV cameras were successfully used for the first time to catch a fly-tipper from Mansfield dumping rubbish illegally.

Dale Camps, of Almond Drive, Forest Town, was snared red-handed by the covert cameras, which can only be deployed under a court order. He was told to pay £1,008.74 in fines and costs by Mansfield Magistrates’ Court.

Camps was one of seven fly-tippers prosecuted by Mansfield District Council as part of its crackdown on waste offenders. A further three people were also hauled before the court for failing to ensure their household waste was disposed of correctly. In total, fines and costs of almost £5,000 were issued.

Some offenders were pursued after they used on their behalf a friend, relative or scrap man to get rid of their rubbish, which was then found to be illegally dumped.

“To be legal, they must have a waste carrier’s licence,” said the council’s director of communities, Helen Barsby. “Using an unlicensed operator might seem like a cheaper option, but it can end in a criminal conviction.”

The latest convictions come as new figures show the number of fly-tipped waste cases handled by the council in 2016/17 rose by 20% on the previous year, to 1,612.

As well as Camps, the other six residents who admitted fly-tipping were: Jake Cullington, who was handed an eight-week community order and curfew; Piotr Basanowicz, of Shelford Hill, Mansfield, who was ordered to pay fines, costs and compensation totalling £1,327.03; Christopher Cassidy, of Langham Place, Mansfield; Michael Scully, of Noel Street, Mansfield; Pawel Trzeciak, 34, of Beck Crescent, Mansfield; and James Vaughan, 33, of Netherfield Lane, Meden Vale. Those who admitted failing to get rid of their waste properly were Jason Hall, of Mapletoft Avenue, Mansfield; and Mia Pearce and Leyton Leavey, of Sutton.