Fly tipper caught dumping unwanted furniture on the doors of Attleborough charity shop
An Attleborough resident has been fined £300 after being caught fly tipping broken furniture outside a charity shop.
The fly tip was left outside the Break charity shop, on Church Street, while the shop was closed – despite signage which explained the shop had stopped taking donations and asking residents not to leave any donations outside the store.
The Breckland Council Enforcement Team consulted CCTV and examined the items, which were clearly broken and not in condition for resale.
CCTV identified an individual and their vehicle, and after a DVLA check council staff contacted the resident who quickly admitted their guilt and accepted a £300 Fixed Penalty Notice.
Gllr Gordon Bambridge, Executive Member for Environmental and Public Protection, for Breckland Council, commented: "Charity shops provide a marvellous, environmentally-friendly service to residents, giving unwanted items a new lease of life while raising money for charity.
"However, we urge residents to only give donations to charity shops during normal shop opening hours, as leaving donations outside not only risks these items being damaged or stolen but is also considered fly tipping."
The latest incident follows a marked rise in fly tipping across the Diss Express area.
Last month, South Norfolk Council revealed it had carried out 206 fly-tipping investigations in the past 12 months, however, only a tiny fraction of these had resulted in fixed penalty notices being handed out.
Following this, South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon said heftier fines needed to be handed out to deter people from illegally dumping their waste – even going as far to suggest people should be stripped of some of their assets if they are found guilty.