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Herstmonceux fly tipper who dumped toilet bowls in Wealden jailed
A fly tipper who dumped broken toilet bowls in beauty spots has been dubbed a “menace to the environment”.
Daniel Clarke from Herstmonceux was jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to 13 offences at Hastings Magistrates Court on July 19.
The court heard how Clarke would charge customers to remove waste but instead dump it in the pretty Wealden countryside.
He left mounds of rubbish in in Herstmonceux, Hellingly, Horam and Brodle Street Green. Five of the fly tips were found blocking public rights of way.
Clarke also pleaded guilty to seven offences of failing to comply to his duty of care as a registered waste carrier.
In sentencing him, magistrates said the offences were so serious prison was the only option.
After the hearing, Councillor Ann Newton, the Wealden Council cabinet member responsible for environmental protection, said: “This man was a menace to the environment, using scenic country lanes to dump van loads of building materials and household waste.
“At the same time, as a registered waste carrier, he has been conning his customers into believing they were paying to have their waste removed in a responsible legal way.
“It has resulted in building rubble, green waste, a broken up caravan, old kitchen units, tiles, toilet bowls, chairs, pipes, carpets, lawnmowers, toys and bedding being strewn about our countryside.
“We are grateful to the people who assisted us in identifying the fly tipped waste which enabled us to bring Mr Clarke to justice.”
All householders and businesses have a duty of care to ensure their waste is taken away to proper sites by authorised individuals or companies. They must be registered as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency.
Anyone with information about fly tipping or littering should contact the Wealden District Council's Street Scene Team on 01892 602723 or report it online on the Wealden website.
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