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Fly-Tipper pleads guilty after being caught in the act

Published on Wednesday, 25th September 2019

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Mr. Matthew Paul Harrison, aged 30, of Bray Road, Sheldon, pleaded guilty at Nuneaton Magistrates Court last week to the offence of fly-tipping under section 33 Environmental Protection Act.

On 24th June 2019 PC Scot Ramsell caught Mr. Harrison in the act of fly-tipping. Whilst on mobile patrol PC Ramsell spotted a white Ford Transit Connect Van parked down a service road to the Pollution Control Valve in Water Orton, a sight prone to fly tipping, upon investigation he found Mr. Harrison getting back into his van and a pile of fly-tipped waste. Mr. Harrison admitted the crime and put the rubbish back in his van which was then subsequently seized for having no insurance.

Following an interview under caution on 8th July with North Warwickshire Borough Council Pollution Control Officers, Mr. Harrison identified himself as the person in the photos supplied by PC Ramsell. Council Officers confirmed that a fly tipping offence had been committed in an area that does not benefit from a waste carriers license by Mr. Matthew Paul Harrison.

On Tuesday 17th September Mr. Harrison pleaded guilty to the offence at Nuneaton Magistrates Court and was fined a total of £1,427.

Cllr Margaret Bell, Chair of the Community and Environment Board said; “I am pleased that PC Ramsell was able to catch this criminal in the act and, together with council officers, secure the appropriate evidence for court. Fly-tipping is a very serious crime the clearing up from fly-tipped rubbish costs the council taxpayers of North Warwickshire around £650,000 per year! You can report fly tipping online at or by calling 01827 715341".