A FLY-tipper has been hit with a £220 bill for dumping rubbish in the borough.
Paul John Jagger left furniture and household waste on land at West Pastures, West Boldon, last summer.
An investigation was launched by South Tyneside Council’s environmental enforcement team, and it traced the trash back to an address in West Harton, South Shields.
It then established that the householder had paid a removal company to dispose of the rubbish.
Days later, officers found a double bed and its base dumped in Garwood Street in the town.
That find led them to a house in Gaskell Avenue, Biddick Hall, South Shields, where they discovered that the same company had been paid by the homeowner to remove furniture.
South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard that Jagger had picked up the waste on both occasions and abandoned it in the two locations.
The 40-year-old, of Hudson Street, South Shields, pleaded guilty to four offences, two of flytipping and two of illegally transporting waste.
He was ordered to pay a £100 fine, £100 in costs and a £20 surcharge.
The court heard that Jagger was of previously good character and had agreed to do a couple of removal jobs to earn some money while he was out of work, but did not realise how much it would cost to obtain a waste carriers’ licence, needed to dispose of commercial waste, so he decided to dump the rubbish instead. Coun Tracey Dixon, the council’s lead member for area management and community safety, said: “Fly-tipping can have a detrimental impact on the environment and people’s perception of an area.
“It’s unsightly, costly to clean up and can be hazardous to the public and wildlife.
“The council spends more than £2m a year keeping the borough clean and tidy, and the significant cost of clearing up and investigating the type of illegal disposal of waste places a burden on our finances.
“These convictions send out a clear message to fly-tippers that their actions will not be tolerated.”
To report fly-tipping or other environmental problem, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the council on 427 7000.
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