Rockwell Green fly-tipper fined for dumping rubbish at nature reserve

Somerset County Gazette: Taunton Deane Magistrates' Court. Taunton Deane Magistrates' Court.

A VAN driver who illegally dumped waste at a nature reserve has been fined £810.

Florin Marcel Lacatusu, 33, left panelling, flooring and insulation from a caravan by a road near Waterrow, and it was later thrown down a bank near a stream in Hurstone Nature Reserve, Taunton Deane Magistrates were told.

The Romanian, of Rockwell Green, admitted the offence and was fined £600 for fly-tipping with £150 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Commenting on the case, Cllr James Hunt, Taunton Deane’s environmental services portfolio holder, said: “We live in a beautiful part of the country and we want to keep it that way.

“Let anyone who may be thinking of fly-tipping be in no doubt of the council's determination to gather evidence and prosecute cases of this environmental crime.

“Fines can be hefty, so the message is simple – don’t do it.”

Figures for fly-tipping in Somerset fell by 8.7% from 5,687 to 5,190 between 2011-12 and 2012-13, and continued to fall in 2013-14.

A Somerset Waste Partnership spokesman said: “There’s no excuse for fly-tipping, which is a serious environmental crime.

“All councils in Somerset are working together to drive down fly-tipping, and deter, catch and convict fly-tippers.”

For more information, see www.somersetwaste.gov.uk

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2:40pm Wed 2 Apr 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

I'm sure he'll pay the fine and never ever do it again. Pleaee, invite more of your friends and relatives over to trash our countryside!

What an absolute effing joke.
I'm sure he'll pay the fine and never ever do it again. Pleaee, invite more of your friends and relatives over to trash our countryside! What an absolute effing joke. GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: 8

3:30pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Slow down! says...

Not only should he pay the fine (which wasn't enough imo) he should be the one to clear it up and when he has finished he should be deported back to Romania!
Not only should he pay the fine (which wasn't enough imo) he should be the one to clear it up and when he has finished he should be deported back to Romania! Slow down!
  • Score: 11

1:11pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Mi_Coc says...

Were are they getting these figures for fly tipping going down as I am told its shot up since the changes to the tips? Is this just political spin ?

Certainly TDBC councillors keep moaning about it.

They wont deport we have to keep rapists but innocent students get the boot! No logic to foreign policy at all.
Were are they getting these figures for fly tipping going down as I am told its shot up since the changes to the tips? Is this just political spin ? Certainly TDBC councillors keep moaning about it. They wont deport we have to keep rapists but innocent students get the boot! No logic to foreign policy at all. Mi_Coc
  • Score: 3

2:45pm Tue 8 Apr 14

topcataj says...

Mi_Coc wrote:
Were are they getting these figures for fly tipping going down as I am told its shot up since the changes to the tips? Is this just political spin ?

Certainly TDBC councillors keep moaning about it.

They wont deport we have to keep rapists but innocent students get the boot! No logic to foreign policy at all.
Because you're talking about about something that happened 3 years ago, fly tipping initially went up, but may well have gone down again since then. if they'd mentioned the change from 2010/11 to 2011/12, then it probably would have shown a rise for that period.
[quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: Were are they getting these figures for fly tipping going down as I am told its shot up since the changes to the tips? Is this just political spin ? Certainly TDBC councillors keep moaning about it. They wont deport we have to keep rapists but innocent students get the boot! No logic to foreign policy at all.[/p][/quote]Because you're talking about about something that happened 3 years ago, fly tipping initially went up, but may well have gone down again since then. if they'd mentioned the change from 2010/11 to 2011/12, then it probably would have shown a rise for that period. topcataj
  • Score: 0

6:50pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Dr Dave says...

It's a shame the fencing contractor who erected a new fence locally had to take to dumping the excavated concrete fence post bases on Langford Common last week..........
It's a shame the fencing contractor who erected a new fence locally had to take to dumping the excavated concrete fence post bases on Langford Common last week.......... Dr Dave
  • Score: 1

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