The Environment Agency - England and Wales

Man who dumped caravan waste on football pitch given community order

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A man who dumped caravan waste onto a football pitch near a youth and community centre in Welham Green, Hertfordshire, has been ordered to carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work.

Stephen Willis, 56, of Stockbreach Close, Hatfield, Herts, admitted fly-tipping at North Mymms Youth and Community Centre, Station Road, when he appeared at Watford Magistrates’ Court on Friday (June 14). He was also ordered to pay £1,900 in court costs.

The large pile of waste dumped on the land, which does not benefit from an environmental permit, consisted of mattresses, an awning in a sack, soft furnishings, timber and general waste. This took place in June, 2012.

One resident who was walking her dog took photos of the waste at the site, and they were then handed to the Environment Agency. As a result of tracking the waste back to where it came from and following several enquiries, Stephen Willis was found to be the fly-tipper.

In October 2012, Stephen Willis attended the Environment Agency offices in Hatfield where he was interviewed under caution. He admitted dumping the waste on the football pitch by the community centre. He said that instead of paying to dispose of the waste properly he had spent the money at a club and on fruit machines.

Paul Wyatt of the Environment Agency said: “Fly-tipping significantly impacts on the quality of life of local communities. It affects land-owners, damages the environment and undermines legitimate businesses.

“We would like to place on record the Environment Agency’s gratitude to those members of the public whose actions led to the identification and conviction of Stephen Willis.”

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