Couple caught on camera fly-tipping fined £300

Posted On 22 Jun 2018 at 2:14 pm

A former councillor turned detective this week after he caught a couple fly-tipping a mattress outside his home – and his quick thinking helped land them with a £300 fine.


Geoffrey Bowden, who now presents shows on both Latest TV and Radio Reverb, spotted the pair on Wednesday from his balcony in Sussex Square while he was watering the plants.

He watched them park a hire van in a disabled space, then go into one of the flats, carry out a mattress and then drag it along to the communal bins and dump it there.

By then, he was out on the street with his camera – and just a day later, the culprits had been tracked down by Cityclean and fined for fly-tipping.

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Mr Bowden said: “I saw them making a big song and dance over parking the van. When they disappeared into their house, they gave a cheery wave and a cheer.

“I thought they were up to no good – and so it proved.

“I wasn’t quick enough to film them dumping the mattress but I did manage to get them on the way back.

“Hats off to recycling enforcement who actually tracked them down through the registration of the hire van and fined them.

“They managed to get tickets on the van for their sins too. They were parked there for nearly two days with the hazard lights on. I think they ran the battery down.

“They had a van. They could have taken it to the Wilson Avenue dump five minutes away.”

This isn’t the first time Mr Bowden has confronted people dumping rubbish, especially by communal bins. In 2014, we reported how he had taken two people dumping furniture by bins in Pelham Street to task, persuading them to take it away again.

He said: “Communal bins are magnets for fly-tippers and it’s not just residents, it’s commercial fly-typping as well – old toilets, sinks and detritus from builders.

“No one wants to live next to that. Cityclean will come and clear it up but unfortunately the more they do, it gives the message to people that it’s okay to dump there.”

A council spokesman said: “Fly-tipping is a blight on our city and we are grateful to Mr Bowden for bringing this incident to our attention.

“Thanks largely to his efforts, officers from our enforcement contractor 3GS have successfully investigated this incident and issued a £300 fixed penalty notice to the offender.

“We always investigate whenever evidence of fly-tipping is presented to us.”

  1. Christopher Hawtree Reply

    “Mr.Bowden”? Surely you mean Lord Bowden of Sussex Square. He puts into the shade that “Lord Bassam” skulking round the corner on Church Place.

    • Gerald Wiley Reply

      Is that all you can say about someone helping to stop fly-tipping? Get back to boring everyone about your beloved Hove Library and the mahogany hand rails and keeping the local community away from it.

      • Christopher Hawtree Reply

        You are in the grip of obsession. I know Geoffrey well, and we have running gags about this sort of thing. Indded, he and I took stuff to the Wilson Avenue rubbish place this afternoon – and he persuaded me not to bring back items from it.

  2. rolivan Reply

    I wonder if he can see all that goes on at the i360, he was on the P&R committee that approved the funding.

  3. Fishwife, 49 Reply

    I didn’t think they let vans into the Wilson Avenue tip: when did that start?

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