Posted on Thursday 20 July 2017
Above: the fly-tip in Woodside Lane, Ryton
A Gateshead man has been given a six month curfew and ordered to pay more than £1,000 in fines and costs after admitting four charges of fly-tipping.
Nathan Stokoe of Pontop View in Rowlands Gill, was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court last Friday to an 18 month community order, including a 6 month curfew between the hours of 6pm to 6am, and was ordered to attend 25 rehabilitation activity days.
His sentence followed an investigation by Gateshead Council into a fly tip on Woodside Lane, Ryton which included of five large piles of household waste, building and roofing materials, furniture, broken glass and what appeared to be a used syringe. The location is a popular dog walking route, near a site of nature conservation importance.
The following month, enforcement officers began investigating a further series of fly tips at Whinfield Industrial Estate in Rowlands Gill where the waste was set on fire. One of these incidents was witnessed by a member of the public who then provided the council with the registration number of the vehicle involved.
That vehicle, a white van, was later seized from Mr Stokoe’s address under Section 34B of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 by Gateshead Council enforcement officers supported by Northumbria Police.
Enforcement Officers were also able to obtain CCTV footage of the three Whinfield Industrial incidents, which show the waste being set alight.
Mr Stokoe initially failed to appear in court to answer charges, but at a later hearing pleaded not guilty to six charges in relation to fly-tipping. Magistrates referred the case to Newcastle Crown Court.
On 19 June, Stokoe attended Newcastle Crown Court and pleaded guilty to four counts of fly tipping, one count of failing to prevent a contravention of the Environmental Protection Act by another person, and one count of endangering highway users by depositing material on the highway. He was sentenced on 14 July.
In addition to the community order and curfew, Stokoe was ordered to pay a £200 fine and to pay costs of £1,000. The Council has also been awarded forfeiture of the vehicle Mr Stokoe’s used to fly tip the waste and this will be destroyed in due course.
Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for development, transport and public protection, says:
“This sentence sends out the clear message that fly-tipping is totally unacceptable.
“We were fortunate on this occasion in having the support of members of the public in helping us to track down this offender. This was crucial and it shows how successful we can be if the council and the public work together.
“Be warned - we will pursue anyone and everyone who despoils our countryside and blights the lives of local people in this way.”