Bushey man fined after dumped waste blocked Aldenham street

Watford Observer: Bushey man fined after dumped waste blocked Aldenham street Bushey man fined after dumped waste blocked Aldenham street

A 24-year-old man from Bushey has been fined £493 after pleading guilty to four charges of failing in his duty of care as a carrier of controlled waste. 

Levi Carey, a scrap metal collector from Sandy Lane, Bushey appeared at Watford Magistrates Court last Friday and pleaded guilty to four charges relating to failing to comply with the duty of care imposed on holders of controlled waste.

It was established he failed to take all reasonable measures to prevent the unlawful dumping of the waste by another person, he failed to prevent the escape of waste; he failed to ensure the waste was transferred only to an authorised person and he failed to provide a written description of the waste on transfer.

In October 2013, Mr Carey arranged with a builder at a site in Queens Road, Watford to remove mixed builders waste from the property. 

Six days later the waste was found in Hilfield Lane, Aldenham, where it temporarily blocked the road. 

The council's environmental health officers attended Hilfield Lane, having been notified of the fly-tipping offence by Hertfordshire Constabulary.  A document was found within the waste by a police officer which led the investigation to the Queens Road site and Levi Carey was traced through the mobile phone number he gave to the builder.

Mr Carey was fined £200 plus costs of £273 and a £20 victim surcharge. His scrap metal collectors' licence may now be reviewed as the offences are classed as relevant under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

Councillor Jean Heywood, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: "Fly-tipping is a serious crime for which a court can impose an unlimited fine and up to five years imprisonment.

"The council works in partnership with the local police to trace and apprehend offenders and this fine should send out a clear message that robust action will be taken."

PC Phil Tuck from Hertfordshire Constabulary said: "We were very pleased to track down Carey and bring him before the courts as fly-tipping is a serious offence and it is often difficult to find the person responsible. 

"I hope this case serves as a reminder to residents that fly-tipping not only blights a community but it can be dangerous if it causes an obstruction, as in this case."

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10:29am Thu 20 Mar 14

Home Truths says...

a good result
a good result Home Truths
  • Score: 12

12:43pm Thu 20 Mar 14

E.Coli says...

Absolute rubbish
Absolute rubbish E.Coli
  • Score: -1

1:28pm Thu 20 Mar 14

G_Whiz says...

Why are the travellers in Sandy Lane so obsessed with keeping up with their stereotype.

Come on. what about some charity work, kindness to animals, paying some tax - Such easy ways to join in, and be appreciated by society.

And the Observer can help, by publishing heart warming stories about the gipsies now and again too!
Why are the travellers in Sandy Lane so obsessed with keeping up with their stereotype. Come on. what about some charity work, kindness to animals, paying some tax - Such easy ways to join in, and be appreciated by society. And the Observer can help, by publishing heart warming stories about the gipsies now and again too! G_Whiz
  • Score: 12

9:32pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Cuetip says...

Home Truths wrote:
a good result
A result . A big fat yes. But these culprits need to be more harsh punishments like spending time clearing roundabouts and stretches of motorways with brightly coloured vests emblazoned with litter bug.
[quote][p][bold]Home Truths[/bold] wrote: a good result[/p][/quote]A result . A big fat yes. But these culprits need to be more harsh punishments like spending time clearing roundabouts and stretches of motorways with brightly coloured vests emblazoned with litter bug. Cuetip
  • Score: 3

11:37am Fri 21 Mar 14

holywell_boy says...

A £200 fine for dumping that amount or waste on a public road is an absolute joke and hardly a deterrent. I got fined £80 for throwing a ciggy butt in the gutter in Watford High Street!!

These travellers who claim that they 'just want to be accepted into the community as normal, respectable people' will not stop doing this sort of dangerous, anti-social behaviour if a £200 fine is all they get slapped with. They probably charged Queens School more than that to remove the stuff in the first place, not to mention the funds received from selling what wasn't dumped. It was only 6 months ago that Mr Philip Carey was collared doing the same thing.
A £200 fine for dumping that amount or waste on a public road is an absolute joke and hardly a deterrent. I got fined £80 for throwing a ciggy butt in the gutter in Watford High Street!! These travellers who claim that they 'just want to be accepted into the community as normal, respectable people' will not stop doing this sort of dangerous, anti-social behaviour if a £200 fine is all they get slapped with. They probably charged Queens School more than that to remove the stuff in the first place, not to mention the funds received from selling what wasn't dumped. It was only 6 months ago that Mr Philip Carey was collared doing the same thing. holywell_boy
  • Score: 3

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