A FLY-TIPPER has been caught red-handed and fined after illegally dumping a caravan leaving his paperwork inside. 

David Reed of The Hermitage, Warfield Street, Bracknell was ordered to pay a £1,100 fine after he illegally dumped a caravan with household waste inside in Malt Hill. 

The site is a notorious fly-tipping hotspot with one couple from Maidenhead previously landing a fine for dumping a wardrobe there in 2020. 

The 42-year-old was sent for a court hearing at Reading Magistrates Court on June 4 after failing to take reasonable precautions to dispose of waste via an authorised waste controller.

Officers from the Council’s Public Protection Service, who deal with fly-tipping incidents in Bracknell Forest, were informed in April 2020 that a static caravan had been dumped on the highway of Malt Hill at the junction of the Ascot Road and Kingscroft Lane.

Inspectors found the caravan was not in use and had been abandoned on the left hand side of the road.

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The caravan prevented drivers from having a clear view of the road ahead and required them to cross into the right-hand side lane to travel around the caravan.

Furthermore, the position of the abandoned caravan obscured road signs.

Inside, the caravan was full of discarded household waste and rubbish.

The waste appeared to have been in situ for some time and an unpleasant smell emanating from the interior.

Officers located documents discarded within the caravan, one of which was a bank statement addressed to the defendant.

A further identifying feature was observed on the outside of the caravan as underneath black masking tape was the wording “7a The Hermitage” which was seen next to the entrance door to the caravan and also under the window at the front of the caravan.

Enquiries revealed that “The Hermitage” is a caravan site known as The Hermitage mobile home Park, Warfield Street, Bracknell.

Land Registry documents indicated that the caravan site is owned by Reed Homes Ltd. The sole director of Reed Homes Ltd is David James Reed.

The court found Mr Reed guilty of one offence contrary to s.34(6) Environmental Protection Act 1990 and sentenced him to a fine of £1,100 and a compensation order of £1,664.32 towards the cost of removal and disposal of the caravan.

Mr Reed was also ordered to pay costs of £3,119.00 and a victim surcharge of £110. Totalling £5,993.32.

Councillor John Harrison, Executive Member for Public Protection at Bracknell Forest Council said, “Whether you are a business or a householder we all have a duty of care with respect to what happens to the waste we produce.

"This means only handing it over to someone that is licensed to take it away. Everyone should do what they can to prevent fly-tipping in the Borough.”