Fly-tippers in ‘tough action’ warning

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Council chiefs in Wakefield are warning they will take tough action against fly-tippers after a man was successfully prosecuted.

The warning comes after a man, from Knottingley, was given a 28 day prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, 200 hours of community punishment and ordered to pay £600 costs with a £15 victim surcharge after admitting fly-tipping.

Ross Clayton, 21, of Teesdale Place, pleaded guilty to two offences of fly-tipping when he appeared at Wakefield Magistrates Court on February 29 to face a prosecution brought by Wakefield Council.

A series of events started in May last year with a report of fly-tipping at Grove Lane, Knottingley. The council’s environmental crime team used information from the tipped waste to trace Clayton, who was collecting waste, charging a fee then dumping it illegally.

An operation was mounted by the local authority to offer marked waste to Clayton, who accepted the job and dumped the waste on the emergency access road to the A1 motorway next to Grove Hall Lane.

Mr Ross said he deeply regretted his action and was sorry. The magistrates told him these were very serious offences and the public detest this type of crime. They gave him credit for his early guilty plea, suspending the prison sentence.

Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for communities, speaking after the court case said: “In this district there are more than 4,000 incidents of fly-tipping a year and each one costs up to £100 to remove.

“It is a blight on the environment and can spoil the lives of people living nearby.

“I am delighted that the court took this as seriously as we did and handed out a substantial penalty which backs up our strong message that we will not tolerate fly-tipping in this district.”

Illegal fly-tipping should be reported on 0845 8 506 506.