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Man guilty of fly-tipping after dumping rubbish outside Haverhill's household waste and recycling centre

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 April 2016

Bury St Edmunds magistrates' court

Bury St Edmunds magistrates' court

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A Haverhill churchgoer has admitted two fly-tipping charges after he was prosecuted by St Edmundsbury Borough Council for leaving his waste bags outside the tip.

Ebenezer Omoyajowo, 57, of Abington Place, was handed a conditional discharge by Bury St Edmunds magistrates last Thursday, but must pay the council’s £450 prosecution costs.

Magistrates were told that on July 29 and 30 last year he left bags of household waste outside the Household Waste and Recycling Centre at Chalkstone Way, Haverhill.

In mitigation, his defence lawyer told magistrates Omoyajowo had been helping a friend from a church group clear their house and had thought it was all right to leave the bags outside the centre when he arrived and found it closed.

A borough council barrister had earlier told the hearing it cost around £30,000 per year to clear up waste dumped by fly-tipeprs in the St Edmundsbury borough.

Chairman of the magistrates Lauren Line said: “This is a serious offencee, having heard the statistics about how much this costs the rest of the community to clear away some of this fly-tipping we appreciate that you’ve pleaded guilty. It’s not typical. It wasn’t dumped in a field, it wasn’t dumped in a road, it was outside the recycling centre. However, you knew it wasn’t open.

“That incurred extra costs for people and it’s unsightly.”

The court heard Omoyajowo was tracked down by St Edmundsbury Borough Council after staff examined one of the bags and found documents pointing to an address in Haverhill.

When they spoke to the resident who lived there, she told them Omoyajowo had been helping her clear out her house and had taken the black bags and other waste away with him.

The rubbish dumped outside the tip included a table lamp, sofa cushions, carpet and a small chair.

The court heard, in mitigation, Omoyajowo thought he could take rubbish to the tip at any time and his defence lawyer said he had left it very close to the fence. “He thought it was OK to leave the waste outside the site as he expected the waste to be dealt with accordingly,” he said.

Although emphasising Omoyajowo took the waste to the tip, rather than leaving it elsewhere, he admitted it was “clearly unacceptable” to leave it outside and expect someone else to deal with it.

Despite describing fly-tipping as the “scourge of our towns and countrysides”, the defence said Omoyajowo was acting with “good intentions”.

Magistrates gave Omoyajowo a 12-month conditional discharge. He must, however, pay St Edmundsbury’s prosecution costs of £450 and a victim surcharge of £15.

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