A SECOND man has been fined after being caught on camera dumping rubbish at a North East beauty spot.
Paul Kitching pleaded guilty at Peterlee Magistrates Court to dumping waste and rubble near a pond at Shotton Colliery, County Durham.
He was caught – on a secret CCTV camera placed by Durham County Council – along with Gary John Colledge, 25, of Eden Lane, Peterlee, who was found guilty of breaching environmental laws when he appeared in court in March.
Kitching, also 25, gave evidence at Colledge’s trial saying that he was the other man in the film footage and, as a result, the council pursued a conviction against him also.
Both men claimed that they had been approached by a man who had asked if they would use the rubble, which was in the back of their van, to fill a hole on the track to the pond.
They said they did not know the name of the man but believed he had authority to allow them to leave the waste.
However, the court was told that the council had not given anyone permission to dump the waste in the area or fill the potholes.
It was also noted that signs are in place at the entrance to the access road warning against fly-tipping and stating that CCTV cameras are in operation.
Magistrates fined Kitching £470 and ordered him to pay costs of £130 and a victim surcharge of £15.
Oliver Sherratt, Durham County Council’s head of direct services, said: “Coordinated action by the council and its partners has helped reduce the number of incidents we have had to deal with by 20% during the last four years.
“However, we are far from complacent and continue to crack down on those responsible for this blight in our communities, using a variety of methods from stop and search operations to CCTV.
“We would ask that residents support us in our efforts by reporting fly-tipping and also ensuring that anyone they ask to dispose of their waste has the proper permissions to do so.”
To report fly-tipping, contact Durham County Council’s streetscene on 0300 026 1000.