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Conwy fly tipping case leads to Criminal Behaviour Order

ON 19 December 2023 at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court, Marc Philip Wilson pleaded guilty to seven counts of fly tipping between September 2020 and February 2023 in the alleyway between Marine Road and South Parade, Pensarn.

Fly tipped items included household bin bags, furniture, chairs, wood, carpets, paint pots, builder rubble, one tonne dumpy bags and a Moses basket. The joint investigation was carried out by Conwy County Borough Council, North Wales Police and Fly Tipping Action Wales.

Wilson also pleaded guilty to failing in his duty of care to properly dispose of the waste.

At his sentencing at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court on 20 February 2024 he was sentenced to 18 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay the Authority £650 compensation.

Following the conviction and at the request of the Local Authority, the Magistrates granted a Criminal Behaviour Order against him which, for 18 months, bans him from entering the alley way running rear of Marine Road, Pensarn, between the roads known as Meirion and Berllan.

Cllr Geoff Stewart, Conwy’s Cabinet member for Regulatory, Neighbourhood and the Environment, said “Environmental Crime is taken very seriously by this Authority. Cases are investigated and when there is sufficient evidence to identify those who have fly-tipped, appropriate action will be taken, including prosecution through the courts. It’s also important for residents to remember they have a duty to make sure that any waste removers they use are licenced.”

District Inspector Kevin Smith, North Wales Police, said, “Environmental crime impacts everyone. It has a detrimental impact on businesses, those who visit North Wales and the quality of life of the community and residents. It is important that we recognise that we all have a part to play in reducing this impact.”

Neil Harrison, Team Leader for Fly-tipping Action Wales, added, “It remains the case that around 70% of all fly-tips contain waste from households, which is why we are urging residents to watch out for unregistered illegal waste carriers, like Mark Philip Watson, who fly-tip waste to avoid the legal cost of disposal. Residents can support the work of Conwy’s waste officers by always checking the person who removes waste from their home has a licence.

“Waste carrier licences can be checked via naturalresources.wales/CheckWasteLicence or by calling 0300 065 3000. If anyone suspects someone is involved in illegal waste activity they can report it via NRW’s incident hotline on 0300 065 3000.”