Caught on camera dumping rubbish in pub car park

A MAN who was caught on CCTV dumping rubbish in a pub car park has been ordered to pay more than £1,500 in fines and costs.

South Gloucestershire Council said that the landlord of the White Horse pub on Hambrook Lane noticed six black bin bags had been left in the pub car park in August last year.

The pub’s CCTV showed a car had driven into the car park that morning, before the driver got out and unloaded the bags of household waste before driving off.

Council environmental enforcement officers were called in and found a letter among the rubbish addressed to 38-year-old David Spiring, of Stoke Gifford.

The car’s registration number captured on CCTV showed he was the car’s registered keeper and number plate recognition cameras recorded it travelling to and from the pub.

The CCTV also showed three single mattresses attached to the Nissan Micra’s roof, which are believed to have been dumped elsewhere.

Council officers visited Spiring’s home in Cow Barton two weeks later and he made “no comment”.

A spokesperson said: “When questioned about the mattresses and if those had also been fly-tipped, Spiring responded by saying he always fly-tips his rubbish, as well as claiming he doesn’t pay any taxes, rates, insurance, or fines.”

He was summoned to court failed to turn up twice and so was arrested and held in custody ahead of a hearing at Bristol Magistrates Court in February, when he pleaded guilty to fly-tipping.

He was ordered to pay a fine of £480, along with £813 in costs, £56 in clear up costs, and a £192 victim surcharge: a total of £1,541.

Cabinet councillor for environmental enforcement Rachael Hunt said: “This waste could have been disposed of lawfully at one of our Sort It recycling centres, but instead it was discarded in the car park of a public house and expected that others would clear it away.”