Gareth John Mills from Gillingham receives a £1,088 fine for fly-tipping

Fly tipping in Shaftesbury
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The Dorset Council Waste Enforcement team and Dorset Council’s legal department have prosecuted a fly-tipper from Gillingham, Dorset.

Gareth John Mills is a 34-year-old from Orchard Court, Gillingham, who was trading under the name “One Man Rubbish Clearance” with an upper-tier waste Carriers Licence issued by the Environment Agency.

Mr Mills pleaded guilty in Poole Magistrates Court on 9th July to fly-tipping and failing to provide a Waste Transfer Note.

The then-called Dorset Waste Partnership was alerted by a Shaftesbury resident that there was significant fly-tipping on their property. Enforcement officers attended to gather evidence and photographs, which led them back to Gareth John Mills.

At the time, Mr Mills was advertising himself as a provider of trade and residential waste clearance, as well as delivery and collection of large items and building materials.

In June, Mr Mills was hired to remove stones, soil and to clear a garage from a house in Sherborne. He failed to provide a Waste Transfer Note, and some of the items were discovered at the site of the fly-tipping.

This is not the first time Gareth John Mills has been in trouble. According to Spire FM, the man was given a 9-month prison sentence after he “punched a woman 3 times and dragged her along the ground by her hair” on 10th December 2016.

In relation to the fly-tipping, a Dorset Council spokesperson wrote:

At an interview with Enforcement Officers, Mr Mills fully admitted collecting waste from the tradesman but denied fly tipping at Shaftesbury. He disputed that the black bags and a black door he collected from the tradesman were the same black bags and black door that were fly tipped, even though those bags contained attributable waste. He did admit to not providing any Waste Transfer Notes stating that he didn’t know anything about them.

Dorset Council

Gareth John Mills was issued a £400 fine for fly-tipping and was given 14 days to pay. After the failure to pay, he received a reminder, which he ignored.

Ordered to court, Mr Mills was fined £600 for fly-tipping, £200 for failing to provide a Waste Transfer Note and £288 to cover the cost that the owner of the property spent on clearing the fly-tipped rubbish, leading to a grand total fine of £1,088.

This is yet another successful prosecution which shows that we will not give up chasing fly-tippers and will bring them to justice.

Illegal dumping of waste is a blight on the community and a crime, costing the Dorset taxpayer thousands of pounds each year. This prosecution is another example of our commitment to keeping the county clean and green.

We will not tolerate the actions of fly-tippers. We need the public’s continued support to ensure these criminal actions are brought to justice.

Councillor Tony Alford, Dorset Council
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