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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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Girls and women across Crawley asked for help to tackle violence and abuse

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The views of women and girls across Crawley are being sought to help shape Government strategy to tackle violence and abuse.

The Government is updating the Violence Against Women and Girls strategy and has launched a nationwide Call for Evidence in order to ensure that those who have lived experiences of abuse and violence, and the views of members of the public, are at the heart of plans to stop these harmful crimes. The Call to Evidence runs until 19th February 2021.

The Government has already taken a number of important steps in this area, including strengthening the law on crimes such as stalking, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), but there is more to do.

There have already been many responses, shining a sobering light on the prevalence of gender-based violence in our society. This information is also absolutely invaluable in shaping the most effective policy to fight the scourge of Violence Against Women and Girls.

Crawley MP Henry Smith is urging those who have experiences or views to come forward in the final few weeks of the Government’s Call for Evidence, and to take part in the anonymous survey.

This not only includes frontline professionals and academics, victims and survivors, but their families and friends and members of the public in Crawley who have been indirectly affected.

You can participate in the call for evidence by completing the public survey.

Henry said;

“I know it takes a lot of courage for those who have experienced violence and abuse to come forward, but this information is vital in tackling acts of gender-based violence.

“Our strategy needs to reflect the views and experiences of those who have been directly and indirectly affected, in order to stop these harmful and often hidden crimes happening in our society.

“Crimes that disproportionately affect women and girls range from rape and FGM to upskirting and online offences; they can have terrible effects on victims. We want to do all we can to tackle these appalling crimes, through a new strategy to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls.

“With one month to go until the Call for Evidence closes, let’s create a strategy to tackle crimes against women and girls in the 21st century.”

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