Rubbish rebels tipped waste on country lane
TWO fly-tippers from the Marsh have been slapped with fines after they were spotted dumping sacks of rubbish in a country lane.
Ricky Neilson, of St Martin's Road, New Romney, and Spencer Dean, of Holly Road, St Mary's Bay, were each fined £200 by Canterbury magistrates last Tuesday.
They had pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and were also ordered to pay costs of £75 and a victim surcharge of £15.
The court heard the pair had carried out a job removing rubbish at a property in Folkestone, for which they charged £600, although they denied this figure.
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They claimed they had intended disposing of the rubbish at Kent County Council's recycling and waste site at Hawkinge but said it was closed when they arrived there.
The men were seen throwing the rubbish down a bank in Danton Lane, Peene, two and a half miles away from the site, by a couple driving in the lane.
They reported the incident to Shepway District Council, which launched an investigation and traced the fly-tippers.
Councillor Rory Love, SDC deputy leader and its "enforcement champion", praised the couple who had reported the incident.
He said: "Thanks to their actions we were able to track down the offenders. I would encourage anyone who witnesses this sort of crime against our environment to contact us with the evidence we need to secure a prosecution.
"This council is now introducing a zero-tolerance approach to the antisocial actions of a minority who spoil other people's enjoyment of our beautiful district."