Bungling fly-tipper caught on Bristol pub’s CCTV dumping rubbish

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A bungling fly-tipper has been ordered to pay more than £1,500 after CCTV at a pub caught him dumping rubbish in the car park. The incident happened at The White Horse pub in Hambrook Lane, Hambrook, in August last year.

The pub’s cameras captured the car being driven into the car park and the driver getting out. He then dumped six black bags of household waste before driving away. Checks by South Gloucestershire linked the car number plate to David Spiring, of Cow Barton in Stoke Gifford.

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A letter addressed to the 38-year-old was also found in one of the dumped bags.

Spiring pleaded guilty to the offence of fly-tipping when he appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court last Thursday (February 2). The defendant had previously failed to appear in court twice for the offence, so magistrates issued a warrant for his arrest and he was detained ahead of the hearing.

He was ordered to pay a fine of £480, along with £813 in costs, £56 in clear up costs, and a £192 victim surcharge, making a total of £1,541.

Councillor Rachael Hunt, cabinet member responsible for environmental enforcement at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “This case is further proof of our unrelenting commitment to prosecute fly-tippers and I hope it serves as a deterrent to anyone who considers dumping their waste illegally in South Gloucestershire.

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CCTV at the The White Horse Public House caught the moment the offence was carried outCCTV at the The White Horse Public House caught the moment the offence was carried out
CCTV at the The White Horse Public House caught the moment the offence was carried out | South Gloucestershire Council

“This waste could have been disposed of lawfully at one of our Sort It recycling centres, but instead it was discarded in the car park of a public house and expected that others would clear it away. There is no excuse for fly-tipping, it has a negative impact on our communities and local environment, and we all have a responsibility to make sure that our waste is disposed of in the appropriate manner.

“We will pursue anyone who dumps their rubbish illegally through the courts and our award-winning environmental enforcement team has a 100 per cent record of securing successful prosecutions for this type of offence. Our zero-tolerance approach means that anyone who fly-tips in South Gloucestershire is five times more likely to be prosecuted than anywhere else in the country.”

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