Council chiefs are fuming after a fly-tipper who dumped an old carpet in a street avoided a custodial sentence.You wanted him sent to jail for littering…?!? And a single example of littering at that..?
Get a sense of proportion, you idiots!
Rodney Fisher, 28, could have been jailed for up to 12 months or been fined £50,000, after being caught fly-tipping in Clacton.Magistrates gone rogue?
But he was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 costs at Colchester Magistrates’ Court.
Or perhaps they were a little irritated at the desire to hound a man for a comparatively small offence, when central government won’t let them lock up persistent thieves and people who assault others at will.
Maybe they'd seen a succession of people that day who had been charged with draconian offences for the most trivial of reasons, and had had enough?
Maybe they themselves had been in receipt of the snottily-worded council warning for leaving the bin lid an inch out of true, and just snapped?
Whatever it was, they weren't having any. The council, needless to say, threw an almighty tantrum:
Tendring Council took Fisher to court, and said it was “bitterly disappointed and let down” by the sentence.What would you have hoped for, Lynda-with-a-y? Boiling in oil? The slaughter of his firstborn?
Lynda McWilliams, councillor responsible for the environment, said: “This council takes fly-tipping very seriously and has recently appointed an officer in an attempt to investigate and prosecute those who are blighting our district by illegally dumping waste wherever they choose.
“I feel a conditional discharge is a very light sentence for this serious offence and is much less than we would have hoped for.”
Acting head of environmental services, Chris Kitcher, said: “I feel bitterly disappointed over the sentence and feel we have been badly let down.”And that didn’t teach you a lesson?
It is the second time the council has brought a prosecution for fly-tipping.
On the previous occasion, a conditional discharge was also given, meaning the defendant isn’t punished unless they commit another offence.
Mr Kitcher added: “We are putting considerable resources into investigating and prosecuting such cases, but we do not appear to be backed up by the courts in terms of sentencing.”Well, perhaps you should reconsider how you deploy your resources in future…