Bristol man fined for fly-tipping in North Somerset

11:13am - 12 February 2021

A Bristol man has been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £1,133 following a prosecution for fly-tipping brought by North Somerset Council. 

Lee Stuart Docherty of Allerton Road, Bristol entered a guilty plea at Bristol Magistrates Court on 2 February after being prosecuted by the council for fly-tipping waste on Yanley Lane in Long Ashton. He was given a £480 fine, a victim surcharge of £48 and was ordered to pay costs of £605.

The fly-tipped waste consisted of cardboard, children’s toys, an umbrella, plastic boxes, lawnmower parts and black bags containing waste. The offence was recorded and, having obtained the vehicle registration number of the vehicle used, officers found that Mr Docherty was the registered keeper at the time the offence took place.

Mr Docherty was invited to attend a voluntary interview under caution to answer questions relating to this offence. He did not attend the interview.

Welcoming the outcome of the prosecution, Cllr Bridget Petty, the council's executive member for waste and recycling, said: “Fly-tipping has such a negative impact on our local environment and communities. We will investigate all incidents of fly-tipping and issue fixed penalty notices or, as in this case, prosecute individuals when sufficient evidence is found.

"The message is clear - fly-tipping is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in North Somerset."

You can follow these simple steps to make sure your waste is disposed of legally:

  • S - Suspect all waste carriers. Don't let them take your waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate. A professional waste carrier should happily answer reasonable questions.
  • C - Check that a waste carrier is registered on the Environment Agency's website.
  • R - Refuse any unexpected offers to have your rubbish taken away.
  • A - Ask what will happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately.
  • P - Paperwork must be obtained - a proper invoice, waste transfer note or receipt, including a description of the waste being removed and the waste carrier’s contact details.

Household waste can be disposed of at any of the council recycling centres at Backwell, Portishead and Weston-super-Mare.

Residents who find fly-tipped waste are encouraged to report it online to the council as soon as possible at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/flytipping.