Courts catch up with fly-tipping father and son

191 days ago

A man caught fly-tipping in Llanelli has eventually had his day in court – six months after his father was found guilty of the same offence.

Renny Price, 22, of Edgemore Close, Upper Killay, Swansea, must pay over £770 in fines and costs for fly-tipping and not having a waste carriers licence.

He admitted dumping bags of waste, a mattress and household items at land to the rear of the Shell Garage in Dafen Road on August 27, 2017.

Carmarthenshire County Council enforcement officers noted the registration of the white Ford Transit Tipper seen driving past the forecourt CCTV camera loaded with waste items, and returning empty just three minutes later.

Just a few days later, by chance, the officers saw the van being driven near Trostre in Llanelli, and followed it to the Queensway in Swansea where they approached the driver, Renny Price.

He admitted dumping the rubbish in Dafen, stating he thought the area was a ‘tip’ for waste. He also admitted not having a waste carriers licence, saying he believed he was covered by his father’s, despite not being employed by him.

His father, Rennie Price, was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the offence.

The council sent letters to the address provided, only to find out later from the landlord that they no longer lived there.

Officers then enlisted the help of Dyfed Powys Police and a warrant was issued for their arrest.

His father was brought to court in July 2018 where he admitted fly-tipping and was fined £745, plus £430 costs and victim surcharge.

Price junior took longer to bring to justice, but appeared at Llanelli Magistrates Court on January 4, 2019, where he was fined £360 for the fly-tipping offence, £50 for having not having a waste carriers licence, and ordered to pay £360.24 costs.

Price told the court he was sorry for his actions.

Cllr Philip Hughes, Executive Board Member for Enforcement and Public Protection, said: “It took over a year to bring this man to court, but the persistence of our officers, with help from Dyfed Powys Police, meant that we have finally brought him to justice.

“There is never an excuse for fly-tipping – it is unsightly, dangerous, and costly to clear. There are proper means for everyone to dispose of their waste responsibly, it’s a shame that some people choose not to use these facilities.”