Biggleswade man handed jail sentence for South Cambs farmland fly-tipping

Rubbish dumped on Farmland off Eltisley Road in Great Gransden, Cambs.

Rubbish dumped on Farmland off Eltisley Road in Great Gransden, Cambs. - Credit: Archant

A Biggleswade man has been handed a 14-day prison sentence for fly-tipping after a load of waste was dumped in farmland across the border in Cambs.

Samuel Porter, previously of Laburnham Road in Biggleswade, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping via video-link at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court and will serve the time alongside the current prison sentence he has for an unrelated crime.

The rubbish was dumped on farmland off Eltisley Road in Great Gransden, and South Cambs District Council was alerted to it on Tuesday last week.

Investigators traced the waste back to a Biggleswade address where Mr Porter’s details were given as the person who took away the rubbish for £70.

Further enquires revealed that that arrangement was made by Mr Porter’s partner – and the district council are still pursuing her for her role in the fly-tipping.

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SCDC has thanked witnesses who reported a vehicle they saw at the site where the waste was dumped and provided the registration plate to help investigators.

Councillor Mark Howell, responsible for environmental health at the council, said: “Fly-tipping is a blight and totally unacceptable.

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“It is carried out by a tiny minority who cost landowners and taxpayers thousands of pounds clearing it up.

“We are all victims of the crime and I am pleased our team has brought them to book.

“Please remember that everyone has a duty of care when disposing of their household waste – you must check the people you are giving your waste to are registered as a waste carrier. Failing to do so could mean you also end up with a knock at the door and legal action taken.”

If you witness fly-tipping or have any information about incidents in South Cambs go to their envirocrime webpage and to report fly-tipping crimes in Central Beds head to their council website.

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