Posted on Wednesday 22 February 2017
A Gateshead man has been prosecuted for fly-tipping and other offences following complaints received by Gateshead Council from the public.
Robert Purvis of A Star Home Improvements Limited appeared before Gateshead Magistrates Court on Monday (February 20, 2017) to charges for a range of offences including endangering highway users, obstruction of the highway and fly-tipping.
His activities came to light last year after complaints from members of the public over a period of several months about building material being dumped in various locations, including on roads and footpaths.
After investigation, it was discovered that A Star Home Improvements were responsible for the fly-tipping and Mr Purvis was duly charged with a range of offences under the Environment Act, the Highways Act and the Environmental Protection Act.
At his appearance in court, Mr Purvis pleaded guilty to 6 offences and was fined and ordered to pay Gateshead Council’s costs.
Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Public Protection and Highways, says:
“This is one of the most blatant cases we’ve come across, and one showing probably the least respect for local residents, especially their safety”.
“Illegally dumping building rubble in the road, and in the middle of footpaths, shows a breath-taking disregard for other people. But what is truly astonishing is the fact that Mr Purvis actually thought he could get away with it. Fortunately, local people ensured that he did not and they quickly alerted us to his activities.
“Fly-tipping is a crime and we will take action against anyone who deliberately and illegally fly-tips, but we desperately need the help of the public in eliminating these rogue traders.
“If anyone sees fly-tipping taking place, or knows who might be committing such crimes, we appeal for them to give us the evidence so that we can take prompt action against the perpetrators. We can’t do it without the help of the public.”
Last week, in a joint action by Gateshead Council and Northumbria Police, another suspected fly-tipper was put out of action after their van was seized and impounded. That case is one of a number of cases to be going before magistrates in the near future.
If members of the public wish to report any flytipping, please report it via the on-line form on the Council’s website: http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Environment%20and%20Waste/streetcleaning/flytipping.aspx