Man hit with £5k fly-tipping fine after being caught out by hidden cameras

Written by on January 31, 2020

A fly-tipper has been slapped with a hefty fine after being caught on camera dumping rubbish in Walsall.

Hidden cameras set up on Norton Road, Pelsall, captured Andrew Aulton fly-tipping garden waste, car parts and rubbish from his van.

Aulton, of Stafford Road in Cannock, was spotted at the scene on two occasions in October and November 2018.

Garden waste, car part and rubbish were dumped on Norton Road

Garden waste, car part and rubbish were dumped on Norton Road (Image: Walsall Council)
Despite being served a notice from Walsall Council’s Community Protection team, he failed to attend council offices twice.

The council successfully prosecuted Aulton for failing to assist in an investigation into fly-tipping, leading him to receiving fines and costs totalling £4,632.

Councillor Gary Perry, Portfolio holder for Communities, Leisure and Culture said: “Failure to comply with statutory notices is an offence, whether or not Mr Aulton was responsible for the actual dumping of the waste.

Andrew Aulton was captured on hidden cameras

Andrew Aulton was captured on hidden cameras (Image: Walsall Council)
“Fly-tipping is a blight on our borough and costs in the region of £500k each year to clean up.

“Legislation that enables officers to investigate and prosecute in this way is a key tool to ensure offenders are brought to justice.

“This is the first prosecution in Walsall under these powers and we will continue to use them where vehicle owners obstruct officers in their investigations.”

The Magistrates heard the matter in the absence of Andrew Aulton as he failed to attend court.

They stated that these were very serious offences and fined him £3000 with an additional £1202.81 contribution to the costs of the investigation and prosecution, £280 towards the clean-up of the site and £150 victims’ surcharge.

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