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Judge tells convicted fly-tipper to clear up rubbish

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A Hartcliffe man who twice blocked a country lane near Bristol with heaps of trash has been sentenced to clear up rubbish.

Stuart Bowering said he was helping a friend to clean out a garden when, on two occasions, they were refused entry to a tip and dumped the waste in Wild Country Lane.

Unluckily for them, a covert camera set up by North Somerset Council caught them in the act.

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Bowering, 40, of Hawkfield Road, pleaded guilty to offences fly-tipping on July 23 and August 5 last year.

Judge James Patrick previously adjourned the case to clarify whether, at the time, Bowering was working for a waste disposal company.

Bowering, who was bailed for sentence until today (Friday, July 9), provided the judge with his bank statements confirming that, at the time of the offences, he was not working for such a company.

The court heard if he had have been he would have been sent straight to jail.

Judge Patrick handed him a six months prison sentence, suspended for two years, with 200 hours’ unpaid work.

The judge told him: “You can clear up after people like you.

“I reserve breaches to me.

“If you are before me again there will be no second chance.

“You will be going straight inside.

“This is your last chance.”

Bowering was ordered to pay court costs of £2,012.90 at £150 a month.



Stuart Bowering admitted fly-tipping in Wild Country Lane near Bristol

Chloe Griggs, prosecuting, told the Court Bowering and another man were filmed depositing waste from a trailer onto the lane.

Rubbish included plastic, roofing material, wood, toys and garden waste.

Miss Griggs said the rubbish was strewn in the middle of a lane which was accessed by vehicles.

Bowering, who has 26 convictions for 45 offences, was in breach of a community order at the time, the court was told.

Ieuan Callaghan, defending, said: “It was his friend who he was with, they were clearing out his friend’s grandfather’s garden in a move.

“They attended the local tip and were refused.

“The friend suggested he knew a place where it could be disposed of.

“Mr Bowering tried to help a friend out and made the wrong decision.”

Mr Callaghan conceded the first offence was aggravated by a second, identical one.

He stressed the rubbish dumped was not toxic or hazardous waste and no damage was caused to the lane or water supply.

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