Court fines man for fly-tipping at former colliery site

07/09/2017, PR8643

​A man who fly-tipped a fridge freezer and a set of sliding glass doors at the former New Market Colliery site in Stanley, near Wakefield, has been ordered to pay £1,485 in fines and court costs.


​Garry Alan Potts, aged 42, from 63 Middleton Park Grove, Middleton, pleaded guilty at the hearing at Leeds Magistrates' Court to illegally dumping the items on two separate occasions.

The court fined him £1,000 and ordered him to pay £435 costs and a victim surcharge of £50 for the clean-up costs.

Wakefield Council was able to bring the case to court after gathering evidence by using a camera at the former colliery site.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

​Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities at Wakefield Council, said: "I hope this sends out a very clear message that fly-tipping will not be tolerated and we will use all the powers we have to make sure that offenders are caught and prosecuted.

"Fly-tipping causes a blight on our communities and we all have a responsibility to tackle it. If you witness fly-tipping please report it to us, we will follow up all reports."

Reports can be made by calling the Council's contact centre on 0345 8 506 506. For more information visit

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