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Flytipper caught and fined after leaving documents with his name and address in pile of rubbish

Ellen Manning
·2-min read
The pile of rubbish included household waste, rubbish - and documents with the flytipper's name on. (South Gloucestershire Council)

A flytipper was caught and fined after including documents with his address on in the rubbish that he dumped.

Abishek Ravindran-Vaidyaingham, 36, was prosecuted after fly-tipping a mound of rubbish including baby clothes, garden items - including a trampoline - plastics and black bin bags of household waste.

The fly-tip, which was found in Little Stoke, Gloucestershire, in February last year was reported to South Gloucestershire Council.

When the council's environment enforcement officers got to the location, among the rubbish they found documentation with Ravindran-Vaidyaingham's address on it, helping them to track him down.

The 36-year-old, of Wood Street, Patchway, later admitted responsibility for the fly-tip and cleared the waste himself.

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In an interview under caution he said he had been planning to take the rubbish to the local recycling centre on February 2, 2020, but it was closed when he got there so he dumped the waste in a nearby entranceway because he needed his car for work the next day.

He said he had planned to return and dispose of the waste properly but hadn't had chance to before the council contacted him on February 4, 2020.

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Ravindran-Vaidyaingham pleaded guilty to the illegal disposal of waste at Bristol Magistrates Court and was fined £1,996, along with £773 in costs and a victim surcharge of £181.

Cllr Rachael Hunt, Cabinet Member for Communities and Local Place at South Gloucestershire Council, which brought the prosecution, said: “Each one of us has a responsibility to correctly dispose of our household waste and there really is no excuse for this type of behaviour."

She added: "This gentleman should have made sure that he was able to legally dispose of his waste before loading his vehicle. Fly-tipping blights our countryside and has a negative impact on our communities and local environment.

“Our zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping in South Gloucestershire means that anyone who fly-tips here is up to five times more likely to be prosecuted than anywhere else in the country.

"Our award winning environmental enforcement team has a 100 per cent record of securing successful prosecutions for this type of offence, so if you fail in your duty of care and allow rubbish to be fly-tipped in South Gloucestershire, you can expect to be caught and brought before the courts.”

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