Traders caught on CCTV carrying out illegal dumping of green waste on Norfolk heath
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Covert surveillance helped a Norfolk council secure another fly-tipping prosecution.
North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) is continuing its crackdown on illegal rubbish dumping.
Darren Pasque, who trades as Tree Matters, based in Holt Road, Gresham, and his nephew Christopher pleaded guilty to the offences at Norwich magistrates' court on July 12.
NNDC brought the prosecution following a complaint of illegal dumping of green waste on Salthouse Heath.
The subsequent installation of cameras at the heath caught the Pasques carrying out the fly-tipping.
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Darren Pasque pleaded guilty to two offences of depositing waste, on May 23 and June 7. Christopher Pasque pleaded guilty to a charge of being the owner of a vehicle from which waste was deposited between March and June.
In court, Darren Pasque claimed that his customer had led him to believe he was allowed to dump the green waste on the heath, but the Pasques were told during sentencing they had been reckless and foolish by relying on the word of someone comparable to a 'bloke down the pub'.
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Darren Pasque was fined £400, with a victim surcharge of £30 and a contribution to costs of £534.25. Christopher Pasque was fined £130, with a victim surcharge of £30 and a contribution to costs of £534.25.
Clifford Large, chairman of Salthouse Heath trustees, said: 'Fly-tipping is a stain on the countryside and leaves us with significant clean-up costs. I hope it acts as a warning to others.'
After the case, Hilary Cox, portfolio holder for the environment at NNDC, said: 'I am truly pleased that we have been able to prosecute this case. It shows that as a council we will continue to be vigilant of those who blatantly disregard the regulations in place.'
Nigel Lloyd, NNDC shadow portfolio holder for the environment, said: 'We all support taking enforcement action when fly-tipping occurs. North Norfolk is such a beautiful place, and the fact that we have this sort of technology at our disposal can only help us to keep it that way.'
John Rest, Leader of the Independent Group at the council, said fly-tipping was 'a blight on our coast and countryside'.