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Exmouth fly-tipper fined for dumping waste including rabbit droppings

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: May 15, 2014

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A FLY-tipper who dumped waste including rabbit droppings in Burlescombe over a two year period has been ordered to pay fines and costs of more than £2,000.

David Hawkins of Exmouth pleaded guilty to fly tipping black sacks of waste in the Burlescombe area on several occasions over the past two years, when he appeared at Exeter Magistrates Court on Tuesday, May 6.

District Judge Nichols ordered Hawkins to pay a £600 fine, council costs of £1546 and a victim surcharge of £60.

The conviction was achieved following investigations by Mid Devon District Council officers. After failing to respond to a court summons, a warrant was issued for Hawkins arrest and he was arrested by police and taken to court last week.

Head of environmental services, Paul Williams said: “This is a great result for the council and sends out a strong message that fly tipping will not be tolerated in Mid Devon.

“Fly tipping is a criminal offence and when evidence is found through the investigation process which links the offender or household to the fly tipping, enforcement action will be taken”.

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