Man must pay £1,300 in fines and court costs for fly-tipping in Wakefield district
Ref: PR 8397
A man who fly-tipped garden waste and rubble at a Wakefield beauty spot has been ordered to pay £1,300 in fines and court costs.
At a hearing at Leeds Magistrates' Court, Lyndon Paul Barker aged 30 from 11 Carlton Court, Carlton, Barnsley, pleaded guilty to dumping the waste.
The court fined him £800 and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £80, compensation to the Council for clean-up costs of £75 and Prosecution costs of £362.
The case was brought to court after Wakefield Council used CCTV evidence to show Barker actually dumping the rubbish from a tipper van at Smawell Lane in Notton. It was the first occasion in which the Council has used video footage as evidence of flytipping in court.
Investigators from the Council were able to use the video footage to trace the driver through the vehicle's number plate.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "We welcome this latest conviction. It sends out a strong message to all offenders that flytipping will not be tolerated in our district. It is a blight on our communities, which costs the Council time and money to clear up.
"We want to assure residents that we are doing all we can to catch those responsible, including the use of CCTV across the district and sting operations.
"We're appealing to residents to help us catch those responsible for this unsightly and dangerous anti-social behaviour. We urge anyone who witnesses flytipping to report it to us immediately and we will follow-up all reports made. If you are able to give us their vehicle registration number we hope we can secure more convictions like this against the offenders."
Wakefield Council is currently writing to all households in the district to encourage them to report the offenders of flytipping. Reports can be made by calling 0345 8 506 506, or on the Council's website, by giving a description of the vehicle and registration number.
More information can be found on the Council's website at www.wakefield.gov.uk/flytipping