A MAN has had his van confiscated as a result of fly-tipping at a Cheshire beauty spot.
Sean Fagan, 29, from Whitney Road, Liverpool, had his van confiscated, was fined £180 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £490 and a £34 victim surcharge at Chester Magistrates Court on Wednesday, July 27.
Fagan admitted lending his van to a friend who then went on to use it to fly-tip waste on Frodsham Marshes.
The defendant pleaded guilty to an offense of fly-tipping under section 33(5) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The Cheshire West and Chester Council prosecutor explained to the court that as the registered owner of the vehicle, Sean Fagan was to be treated as causing the fly-tipping.
An eyewitness saw the van on Frodsham Marshes being used by three men to fly-tip waste and reported the incident to the police. The police arrived soon afterwards and seized the van. The fly-tippers had abandoned the van and ran away from the scene.
The matter was then investigated by Cheshire West and Chester Regulatory Services, who brought the prosecution.
A deprivation order was made for the van and its fuel.
The fly-tipping occurred on December 7, 2020.
Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “This is a perfect example of how reporting suspicions of fly-tipping can result in prosecution. It’s also an example of how the owner of the vehicle used can be prosecuted. In this case it wasn’t alleged that the defendant was present on Frodsham Marshes when the incident occurred.
“Fly-tippers should also be aware that if they are caught fly tipping using a car, van or other vehicle, like in this case, the court can order the forfeiture of the vehicle.
“Please check anyone disposing of waste for you is a licensed waste carrier always be wary if you are approached by an individual to take your rubbish away.
“If you discover illegal tipping of waste or see it being tipped, report it 24 hours a day on the Council’s website or ‘Report It’ app.”
The magistrates court now has the power to sentence up to 12 months imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine. The case could go to the crown court where the maximum sentence is five years imprisonment and or an unlimited fine.
Check a waste carrier is registered on the Environment Agency’s website: environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers