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Fly-tipped rubbish costs man over £700 in court bills

  • Fly-Tip, Gorse Hill

A man has been left with a court bill of over £700 after rubbish from his home was fly-tipped.

Charnwood Borough Council prosecuted Luke Guildford, 28, after the waste was found at Gorse Hill, Anstey in July 2016.

Guilford pleaded guilty to a duty of care offence, which means he failed to check that individuals removing the rubbish had an Environment Agency licence to do the work.

The rubbish was spotted by a member of the public and officers found household waste and cardboard boxes, which were labelled with an address for Abingdon Road, Leicester.

Officers confirmed that Guilford had moved from the address in Abingdon Road, to Kings Court, Leicester Forest East, Leicester.

Guilford told the court that he had collected the rubbish while moving house and he didn’t have a vehicle big enough to dispose of it.

He said he found a man on Facebook with a van and paid him £40 to dispose of the rubbish.

Guilford admitted that he failed to check that the man was a registered waste carrier and accepted responsibility for the rubbish.

He was fined £253, ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and costs of £423.78, totalling £706.78.

After the hearing, Councillor David Hayes, Deputy Cabinet Member with responsibility for Regulatory Services, said: “We take pride in keeping Charnwood clean and tidy and we won’t tolerate rubbish being dumped.

“This case shows that people need to be aware of their responsibilities regarding waste.

“If you get someone else to dispose of your rubbish then you need to make sure they are licensed because it could be you who ends up in court.”

You can report fly-tipping in Charnwood online at www.charnwood.gov.uk/contacts/fly_tipping or by calling 01509 634564.

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