Council Pursue Man For Flytipping After Thieves Steal His Bath And Dump It
There's nothing worse than getting your bath nicked, is there?
Yes, actually there is - getting your bath nicked and being pursued by the council for flytipping because the bath was too heavy for the thieves and they dumped it in the street.
Just ask Daniel Gibson, who recently went through this most harrowing ordeal.
Mr Gibson - who runs property company Daniel Craig Residential (they may require a Bond, a Tenancy Bond) - said he was accused by Newcastle City Council of dumping the bath and claims they interrogated him for 40 minutes.
However, the 30-year-old says the council eventually believed him after he showed them CCTV of thieves carrying the bath and dumping it five houses down from the property his company were renovating on the road in Heaton, UK.
Mr Gibson has now spoken out to slam the council, claiming their investigation was a waste of time and money.
He said: "The bath was found about five houses down the road - if I was going to flytip, why would I flytip on the same street?
"It was suggested we were flytipping to get out of paying £20, as the bath cost £20 to be disposed. But the property was valued at around £300,000 with the bathroom refurbishment worth £2,000 - the whole thing could have been avoided if the council had just applied some common sense.
"When I called the council to explain the misunderstanding, I was told it couldn't be discussed over the phone because it was a criminal investigation and we had to come in for a recorded face to face interview.
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"Instead, I and my staff had to take time out of the office while they investigated. It was a complete waste of time."
Mr Gibson said he has now been told the matter won't be taken any further, however, he is frustrated that so much time was wasted on the investigation.
He said: "We manage this property on behalf of a client and during the refurbishment the workman took the bathroom to bits and they put the old bath in the garden.
"We were planning to wait until the bathroom was finished then get a company to take everything away in one go. But the next day, we got a phone call from a neighbour who said the bath was at the top of the street.
"We checked their CCTV footage and could see the thieves carrying it up the street.
"The incident has taken up two days' work, plus the time to collate the information and then two of us attending the interview. It also wasted a considerable amount of council time in pursuing this. I have no idea how much time this took but there were two officers present at our interview.
"In an environment where councils are incredibly strained due to budget cuts, a telephone call and conversation with me could have saved a lot of time and money at their end."
A spokesman for Newcastle City Council said they were aware of the case but could not provide a statement as investigations were still ongoing.
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