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Fly Tippers Prosecuted for Trail of Destruction

21 February 2022

Rubbish and plasterboard strewn across a lane in the countryside

West Devon Borough Council has successfully prosecuted two Plymouth fly tippers who left a trail of builders' rubble on a quiet Buckland Monachorum country lane.

On the evening of Friday, 11 December 2020, a flatbed truck owned by Colin Bate, and driven from Plymouth, opened its tailgate and left a trail of building material strewn across a beautiful unspoilt lane.

The builders' rubble, plasterboard, double glazed glass, wooden window frame, nails and packaging blocked the road at Tor Hill in the quiet village of Buckland Monachorum. The fly tip was reported to the Council and to the Police and the hazard to drivers, walkers and wildlife was cleared away. 

At Plymouth Magistrates Court on Wednesday 16 February, the Council secured a conviction against both Colin Bate, 51, and Jordan Nutbean, 21, in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police and with support from Exeter City Council. The Borough Council sent a very clear message to those who illegally fly tip in West Devon.

Cllr Lynn Daniel, Lead Member for Environment for West Devon Borough Council, said: "Fly tipping won't be tolerated and we will prosecute. There is absolutely no excuse for spoiling the beautiful landscape here, or anywhere else, and we will do everything in our power to bring those responsible to court and hold them to account.

"I would like to thank everyone who has worked together to bring this to a successful conviction."

The court issued the guilty parties each with a fine and court costs.

Detective Constable Jannah Moore from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "Devon and Cornwall Police take such issues seriously. We will investigate these types of incident thoroughly in partnership with other agencies to bring offenders to justice. The support and co-operation of members of the local community enabled the police to work with the local authority to complete an effective investigation leading to the guilty verdict of the individuals concerned. 

"Devon and Cornwall is predominately rural and as such holds a lot of appeal to the residents of these areas and the many visitors to the area each year. This incident and subsequent convictions demonstrates Devon and Cornwall Police's commitment to our rural communities and that such behaviour will not be tolerated." 

Find out what to do if you see a fly tip here: www.westdevon.gov.uk/fly-tipping

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