A fly-tipper has been fined £400 after rubbish was dumped at the roadside in Grays as Thurrock Council continues to take a zero tolerance approach to the issue.
Items including paint cans, bike tyres and bags of rubbish were discarded in Rookery Lane, prompting an investigation by the council’s environmental enforcement team.
As a result of evidence gathered from the fly-tip and a review of CCTV footage, a £400 fixed penalty notice was issued to a man in the Grays area and promptly paid.
Cllr Aaron Watkins, Thurrock Council's portfolio holder for Environment and Sports and Leisure, said: "Fly-tipping is a selfish and disgusting act that blights our borough.
"We spend a significant amount of money keeping our streets clean and to dump waste in Thurrock shows a complete lack of respect.
"This latest case reiterates our zero tolerance approach and should serve as a stark warning to those who fly-tip.
"We will continue to use all of the powers available to us, including potential prosecution, which can lead to a huge fine or prison sentence and a criminal record."
Fly-tipped waste can be reported at thurrock.gov.uk/fly-tipping