Huntingdonshire District Council has shown that it doesn't pay to fly-tip after successfully prosecuting a Peterborough resident.

Andrew Ayling (21) of The Maples, Peterborough, was interviewed in February 2016 by the council’s enforcement officer, who had investigated a number of black bags and cardboard that had been fly-tipped in Holme Fen. Mr Ayling attended the interview under caution where he admitted the offence.

On Wednesday 10 August 2016, Peterborough Magistrates found Mr Ayling guilty of fly-tipping and fined him £150. He was also ordered to pay a Victim Surcharge of £20 and costs of £300.

The council takes reports of fly-tipping very seriously, and this successful prosecution should send a strong message to residents that offences of this kind will not be tolerated in the district.

Cllr Robin Carter, Executive Councillor for Environment, Street Scene and Operations said: "The council receives a large number of reports of fly-tipping from its residents. This case demonstrates the importance of incidents being reported to the council so that investigations, clean-up and enforcement activities can be undertaken. The council will continue to take a firm stance to the continued blight on our environment that the illegal disposal of waste creates."

If someone offers to take rubbish or household items away for you, it is your responsibility to make sure that the person offering the service is a reputable contractor who will dispose of the waste correctly. If you need to get rid of waste, there are also three household recycling centres (tips) in Huntingdonshire at Alconbury, Bluntisham and St Neots. View further information about what can be recycled at these centres.