29th Oct, 2020

Droitwich man fined over illegal dumping of caravan

Droitwich Editorial 10th Jul, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

A DROITWICH man who failed to get rid of his rubbish properly has been ordered to pay £330.

Christopher Wilson, of Shepherds Place, pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates’ Court on July 2 to dismantling a caravan and giving it to a scrap dealer to dispose of without checking if the man had a proper licence.

The 25-year-old, who was also given a conditional discharge, was prosecuted after an investigation by Wychavon District Council following the discovery of the caravan’s remains on Doverdale Lane last December.

When an officer visited Wilson at his Farriers Corner home he admitted he had recently taken apart a caravan and had given the waste to a scrap man.

He later admitted, in a interview, he had not checked if the dealer had a waste carrier’s licence, as required by law, had been paid in cash and was not given a receipt.

Wilson was originally given a fixed penalty notice in January, 2015, to pay £300 or £180 if he paid within 14 days. But he failed to pay this which resulted in him being taken to court.

Magistrates told Wilson the offence was serious but gave him credit for his early guilty plea and the fact he was raising a family on a limited income.

Sharon Casswell, the council’s client services manager, said she hoped it would remind other residents of how important it was to use reputable companies to dispose of waste and to check if they had a waste carrier’s licence.

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