Weymouth fly-tipper given prison sentence

Weymouth fly-tipper given prison sentence

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:19am 31st October 2019. (Updated at 8:33am 31st October 2019)

A 41-year old man from Weymouth's been given a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to fly-tipping.

Anthony Maurice Knowles pleaded guilty to two instances of fly-tipping and a further two matters of failing to contain waste. 

Knowles appeared before Bournemouth Crown Court and was sentenced for the four environmental crimes he had previously pleaded guilty to, as well as numerous other offences.

He was sentenced to 2 months imprisonment on each matter (to run concurrently) as a part of a wider 14-month sentence, suspended for 2 years.

This is the Dorset Waste Partnership’s and Dorset Council’s first case when someone has been sentenced to imprisonment for fly-tipping.

'The investigation' 

Dorset Waste Partnership investigated several fly-tipping reports about building materials illegally dumped in and around the Dorset Close and Wiltshire Avenue areas of Westham.

Knowles was also reportedly removing construction waste from the back of his property using a green wheelie bin.

It was then discovered in a nearby alleyway.

rubbish piled up against a fence

Jeremy Gallagher, Enforcement Officer at the Dorset Waste Partnership, said:

"It's important for the Dorset Waste Partnership's Enforcement Team to demonstrate how seriously we take fly-tipping and, where there is enough evidence, we will attempt to trace and prosecute anyone found to be fly-tipping on public land.

"If you see a fly-tip, make a note of where it is, take a picture if you can, and note down any other details.

You can report it by using our online form or calling us."