HomePeopleActivitiesFine for £3,000 handed to fly-tipper after invoice found in rubbish on...

Fine for £3,000 handed to fly-tipper after invoice found in rubbish on railway

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER SIGN UP

A fly-tipper has been found and fined £3,000 – tracked down by an address discovered in rubbish on railway land in Lancashire.

The trash had been dumped at a track access point at Burnley earlier this year. It is thought it came from a “home improvement” project.

The track access points have to be available at all times every day so engineers can carry out any essential maintenance. Blocking them, Network Rail says, risks lives, as they also provide emergency access.

Authorities caught the culprit after an invoice for building materials – complete with name and address – was discovered in the mess.

The fly-tipper was found guilty at Burnley Magistrates in May after entering a not-guilty plea.

He was fined £1000 and ordered to pay court costs and compensation to Network Rail – totalling £3000 – for illegally dumping floor tiles, planks of wood, and a bed frame.

Ian Croucher, a maintenance protection coordinator for Network Rail, said: “I hope this case shows a strong message that Network Rail will do everything it can to track down illegal fly-tippers and work with the British Transport Police to bring them to justice.

Ch Insp Dave Rams, BTP.

“Not only is illegally dumping waste like this hazardous to our staff who have to clear it up and a risk to railway passengers, it’s also a blight on the environment. It costs millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money to clear waste like this every year – money which should be spent improving journeys for passengers.”

Chief Inspector Dave Rams, from British Transport Police, said: “Fly-tipping costs the railway millions of pounds each year which could be invested in the railway network.

“This offender’s actions have cost him dearly and we hope this acts as a deterrent to others who are thinking of doing the same thing.”

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

TSSA members vote to accept ScotRail pay offer

The TSSA has called off its dispute with ScotRail, with its members having voted to accept a new pay offer. The TSSA says the offer...

Passengers give rail a thumbs up in latest survey

Nearly ninety per cent of rail passengers said they were satisfied with their last journey, according to a new survey by watchdog Transport Focus. The...

Rail museum holds consultation on major plans

The National Railway Museum will house a consultation on plans for a new Central Hall as part of its vision as the cultural heart...
- Advertisement -

More news

TfL bodycam video results in assault conviction

Uxbridge Magistrates have sentenced a woman to a 12-month community order and 35 rehabilitation activity requirement days following a physical assault on two Transport...

Improvements carried out on major London route

A revamp of 1980s signalling systems over the weekend saw services stopped temporarily between London Victoria and East Croydon. Trains were diverted to London Bridge...

Northern takes control of major rail facility

Northern has confirmed it now has full control of Neville Hill depot in Leeds. Previously, the depot – along with its 550-strong staff of engineers,...
NEWSLETTER SIGN UP