A man who dumped garden waste at the roadside has been fined £400 and become the first person in Thurrock to have their vehicle seized for fly-tipping.
The waste was discarded in Parkers Farm Road in Bulphan last month and was reported to Thurrock Council by a resident who provided evidence of the offence.
Having investigated, the council seized a white van in Grays in connection with the fly-tip on Monday 1 July and a man, who lives in the borough, was interviewed and subsequently fined £400 and ordered to pay £220 costs. In this case the vehicle will be returned once the fine and costs are paid in full.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "Fly-tipping is a selfish and disgusting act that blights our borough.
"This latest case is the first time we have seized a vehicle in relation to fly-tipping and sends a clear message that we will not tolerate it. I would like to thank the resident who reported the offence to us and would encourage anyone else who sees any fly-tipping or has any information to do the same.
"We will continue to use all of the powers available to us to tackle the problem, but having the extra eyes and ears of our communities is really important."
Fly-tipped waste can be reported at thurrock.gov.uk/fly-tipping