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Two East Herts residents must pay more than £5,000 after district council fly-tipping prosecution

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Two East Herts residents have been prosecuted by the district council in relation to fly-tipping as part of a clampdown.

Both were taken to court for failing to comply with a Section 108 notice, a power under the Environmental Protection Act 1995 which enables officers to request information from someone if they believe they know something in relation to the deposit of controlled waste.

Stevenage magistrates fined the residents and ordered them to pay all costs incurred.

Charity Buckley, of Trapstyle Road in Ware, was charged £1,903.57 on July 5. Terry Humphrey, of King George Road in Ware and Station Road in Watton-at-Stone, was charged £3,298.16 on August 15.

They failed to assist council officers with information following a report of fly-tipping.

Bishop's Stortford's Cllr Graham McAndrew, EHC's executive member for waste, said: "These cases highlight how seriously the council takes fly-tipping. I hope that cases like this will discourage fly-tipping in our district and ensure that people take responsibility for their waste and how they dispose of it.

"If you witness fly-tipping you must report it. Where possible, enforcement officers will and do prosecute the offenders. Fly-tipping destroys our beautiful towns and will not be tolerated."

EHC is part of the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group, a multi-agency task force including the county, district and borough councils, police, Herts Fire & Rescue Service, the Environment Agency, National Farmers' Union and Keep Britain Tidy.

Report fly-tipping online or call 01279 655261.

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