A man in Dartford has been found guilty of two fly-tipping offences in Orpington and has faced charges of £3,600.

This follows an investigations campaign run by Bromley Council in a bid to prevent fly-tipping in the borough.

Mr Harry Cannaford, of Appleton Drive in Dartford, was found guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court on October 11 of two fly-tipping offences, under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Investigations began following the discovery of rubbish, including construction waste, that had been discarded in East Hall Road, Orpington, in November and December 2022.

Surveillance footage and evidence at the scene led to Mr Cannaford and the investigation was supported by Kent County Council, who provided CCTV footage to Bromley Council.

CCTV footage in December 2022 revealed a white tipper truck, which contained a large amount of waste, had been driven along East Hall Road, and later returned from the location empty.

This same waste was then discovered dumped on the highway, and the tipper truck was later seized by Bromley Council.

Mr Cannaford was tried in Bromley Magistrates Court on September 7 and was later sentenced at the same court on October 11.

In 2019, Mr Cannaford had received a previous conviction, which led the Judge to conclude that his actions had been “deliberate” and in full knowledge that his actions were unlawful.

He was ordered by the Judge to pay £3,696 – including fines of £2,640 along with a £374.32 Court surcharge, and £681.68 in clean-up costs.

The judge additionally ordered that Mr Cannaford’s vehicle that was used to commit the fly-tipping offences must be forfeited.

Mr Cannaford additionally received a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) lasting for two years, preventing him from carrying any waste not produced by himself, in any vehicle under his control, or travelling in any vehicle caring such waste.

The CBO also prohibits Mr Cannaford from engaging in any waste management or clearance services, or promoting any such services, in the course of any trade or business with a view to profit.

Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Susan Carey, said: “We will continue to work closely with all local authorities to investigate and provide evidence against fly-tipping and other illegal activities.

“We hope that together we can deter and bring an end to environmental crimes.”

Residents and visitors to Bromley borough can report fly-tipping online to Bromley Council. with rewards of up to £500 when information leads to a successful prosecution under the Enviro-crime reward scheme.

Residents and businesses in Bromley should also check that anyone used to dispose of waste is a licensed waste carrier, which can be verified online.

The maximum penalties for fly-tipping offences on summary conviction are £50,000 and/or a twelve-month prison sentence.

On conviction in a Crown Court, the maximum penalties are an unlimited fine and/or five years imprisonment.

Councillor Angela Page, Bromley’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement, said: “Fly-tipping is a serious issue which we are tackling in a number of different ways, including working with neighbouring local authorities and our thanks goes to Kent County Council for their support with this.

“Fly-tipping in country lanes is not just illegal, it is also highly dangerous, with unsuspecting drivers risking suddenly being confronted by a blocked road, where someone has dumped the contents of their truck.

“As this case shows, we will always investigate fly-tips and where the evidence exists, prosecution will follow, with this unstinting action very much ongoing.”