TWO men have been prosecuted having been caught dumping waste at a fly tipping hotspot in Newport dubbed the “road to nowhere”.

The men were caught on CCTV depositing waste on the stretch of disused dual carriageway next to the A48 – near to Imperial Park.

Built to provide access to the former LG site at Coedkernew, it became redundant following the closure of the plant.

Owned by Newport City Council, the stretch of land soon became a hotspot for fly-tipping – so much so, that the sheer volume of rubbish dumped here became visible from space.

Previously, it has been reported that rubbish from as far afield as Bristol and the Midlands has been found to have been left here – instead of being responsibly disposed of.

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Earlier this year, Welsh Labour MS Jayne Bryant spoke to our sister title The National, describing the site as “the road to nowhere”.

Continuing, the Newport West representative said: “These scenes are a national embarrassment, and the proximity to the M4 means this spot is used by those firms who claim to get rid of rubbish legally but instead dump it illegally.

“The criminality is shocking."

Following criticisms over the state of the site, the council installed CCTV at the site, in a bid to deter and catch perpetrators in the act.

Today, a council spokeswoman has revealed that these efforts have resulted in the prosecution of two Cardiff men.

South Wales Argus: CCTV captured the men in the actCCTV captured the men in the act

Bradley Robert Lynn, aged 23, of Splott, and Connor Anthony Leighton Williams, aged 28, of Trowbridge, both pleaded guilty to an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

CCTV captured Lynn and Williams depositing controlled waste from an unregistered, untaxed commercial vehicle at the access to the former LG site in Coedkernew on two separate occasions.

The men have been ordered to pay £1,540 each - £400 in fines, costs of £1,100 and a victim’s surcharge of £40.

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What has been said about these prosecutions?

Newport City Council worked with Gwent Police Rural Crime Team and Fly Tipping Action Wales to bring the defendants to court.

Councillor Roger Jeavons, the council’s cabinet member for city services, said: “I would like to thank the public for providing information that led to the identification of these two people.

“As well as fines, they could have faced being sent to prison for this crime and I hope this prosecution will act as a deterrent to others who illicitly dump waste.

“Residents should also note that if they employ others to clear waste and it’s not disposed of legally then they would also be liable and could be prosecuted.

“We will not hesitate to take action against those who deliberately dump refuse on our land. It is a crime that blights our communities, the city and our environment and it will not be tolerated.”