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


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.”


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

RAIB to investigate Cambridgeshire level-crossing accident

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation into a recent incident in which a freight train struck a farm trainer in...

Railtex/Infrarail 2021 hailed a successful return to normality

The UK’s two leading rail industry trade exhibitions, Railtex and Infrarail, combined post-COVID in a welcome return to Birmingham’s NEC between 7 and 9...

Autumn Steam Gala to welcome 4953 ‘Pitchford Hall’

GWR steam locomotive 4953 ‘Pitchford Hall’ will feature at the Severn Valley Railway’s Autumn Steam Gala following a change to the lineup, taking the...
- Advertisement -

More news

Interim ORR report on Hitachi train cracks released

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has said in an interim review that Hitachi Class 800 and 365 trains had been affected by...

Can you “bear”-lieve it?19 teddies need reuniting with their owners!

South Western Railway (SWR) is hoping to reunite children with their beloved toy bears. In the last year, a total of 19 teddies have turned...

Second phase of Network Rail’s Network Operating Strategy gets underway

Network Rail has now launched the second part of its ten-year Network Operating Strategy, also known as Net Ops 2. The strategy recommends how to...