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Man ordered to pay over £2,000 and banned from driving for fly-tipping in Wychavon

A fly-tipper has been ordered to pay over £2,000 and been banned from driving after dumping a lorry-load of oil-soaked car parts in the middle of a road in Wychavon.

Robert Lee, from Tewkesbury, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and breaching his duty of care under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 when he appeared at Worcester Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 29 July.

The 25-year-old, who buys and sells car parts, was fined £1,000, ordered to pay court costs of £1,044 and was banned from driving for 28 days.

Officers from Wychavon District Council received a report of car parts dumped off Mill Lane in Upper Strensham in September 2017. It was later found the waste had come from an MOT testing centre in Gloucester.

Lee admitted in an interview under caution he had jumped on to the back of his vehicle and pushed the parts on to the road before driving away.

Lee, who had no court representation, showed remorse for his actions and stated that his reckless behaviour was caused by an argument with his partner which left him rushing to get home.

Cllr Emma Stokes, Board Member for Environment on Wychavon District Council, said: “I hope the size of the fine and driving ban in this case sends a clear message that Wychavon has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to fly-tipping.

“Not only is it very dangerous and unsightly but costs taxpayers money to clear up. Residents can play their part in helping to reduce fly-tipping by ensuring they use a registered waste carrier to dispose of their waste. Failure to do so could result in prosecution if their rubbish is later fly-tipped even if they were not the ones responsible.”