City Council continues campaign against fly-tippers with successful conviction

An image showing the fly-tipped material at The Winnings in Newburn.
An image showing the fly-tipped material at The Winnings in Newburn.

A recent conviction shows Newcastle City Council’s continued commitment for bringing fly-tipping perpetrators to justice. 

John William Burke, aged 31, of Inchcliffe Crescent in Newcastle was sentenced at North Northumbria Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to fly-tipping in the city.

Burke has been ordered to deliver 200 hours unpaid work, which is being reduced due to an early guilty plea, and ordered to pay £1,052.18 (which is £400 compensation to the landowner and £652.18 prosecution costs).

The prioritisation of fly-tipping and environmental crime has been rewarded as for the fourth year running the City Council has carried out the second highest number of prosecutions for waste crime, nationally.

Burke’s offences took place at the Winnings, Newburn in early October 2017. The fly-tipped materials included a variety of carpets, a pine wardrobe, a table, laminate flooring and a couple of full bin bags.

Burke’s Ford Transit was seized by the City Council’s Environmental Protection team on 16 November 2017. He told the customer that he’d remove their household waste for a cash-in-hand fee, and take the items to the local tip.

Newcastle City Council's Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Regulatory Services, Cllr Nick Kemp, said:

“Fly-tipping is a crime, and a serious offence. It has a big impact on an area and a community and it is understandable why residents are so angry about the amount of fly tipping happening around the city.

"The City Council makes no misgivings in its fight against fly-tippers as our enforcement team will go to the nth degree to achieve a prosecution.  Fly-tipping won’t be accepted in Newcastle. This sends out a message to residents and visitors to the city that we won’t tolerate these illegal actions and cases will be taken before a judge if necessary.

“We also want to encourage people to do their checks when hiring a company to remove any household waste, as in some cases, the person who owns the materials could also be prosecuted alongside the vehicle owner so always act on the air of caution.”

Members of the public can report issues of fly-tipping by calling the City Council’s contact centre on 0191 278 7878 or by reporting it online: www.newcastle.gov.uk