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Two men prosecuted for flytipping in Smallfield

Two local men have been successfully prosecuted for flytipping offences and fined a total of £1,845.

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On 22 October at Guildford Magistrates’ Court, Wayne Hammond of Churchill Road, Smallfield was convicted of flytipping a mattress. He was fined £450 and ordered to pay £45 to the victim support fund, plus the Council’s legal costs of £300.

The flytipping incident took place on 25 April this year on Dowlands Lane, Smallfield. A passing driver’s dashcam recorded Mr Hammond driving along the lane while holding an unsecured mattress to the roof of his car. An identical mattress was found dumped at a gate to Rough Beech Farm. The dashcam footage meant the car and its owner could be traced and contacted by the Council.

On 24 October at Guildford Magistrates’ Court, Joe Langham of Romani Way, Edenbridge was convicted of duty of care offences that failed to prevent a flytip. He was fined £500 and ordered to pay £50 to the victim support fund, plus the Council’s legal costs of £500.

A large flytip of building waste took place on Grants Lane, Limpsfield on 21 December 2017 and was reported by Limpsfield Councillor Phil Davies, who seized items from the scene which linked the building waste to two properties, one in Thames Ditton and another in Ealing. The builders who carried out the work on the two properties confirmed they had agreed to let Langham remove the waste.

Councillor Pat Cannon, Chair of the Community Services Committee, said: “The fines received by these two men demonstrate how seriously the Council and the courts take flytipping offences. The cases also illustrate the lengths to which our officers and councillors will go to make sure those who dispose of waste unlawfully don’t get away with it.”

To report flytipping in progress call Surrey Police on 999.

In other cases:
• Report it promptly online using the flytipping report form at www.tandridge.gov.uk.
• Call Tandridge District Council in confidence on 01883 722000.
• Call the Environment Agency on 0800 807060 if there is a serious pollution risk or a major incident.
• Report it to Surrey County Council at www.surreycc.gov.uk if the flytip is blocking a road.

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Crawley student heading for the Olympics

Anton Adewale a Crawley student at Thomas Bennett Community College who attends Pegasus Gymnastics Club in Maidstone has received some exciting news.

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After many years of training and hard work, gymnast Anton has been selected for the Team GB TOP Junior Squad.

The Olympic Programme (TOP) is world class and Anton will be attending 8 camps a year at Lilleshall which is a national sports centre.  Anton will be training alongside world class gymnasts from the Men’s Artistic GB Senior Team.

Anton has been training since just 6 years old and his immense dedication and commitment to gymnastics has resulted in his success. 

Supported by his family and Thomas Bennett Community College his dreams of reaching the Olympics are looking hopeful.

The Head Teacher at Thomas Bennett Community College, Stuart Smith says:

“The whole school take pride in Anton’s achievements. This is a significant accomplishment for a young person.  We are delighted to support Anton and look forward to hopefully seeing him join Team GB at the Olympics in the future”.

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