EAGLE-eyed members of the public have been praised for helping to bring a fly-tipper to justice.
Dean Bailey, aged 38, of Prince Of Wales Road, Manor, Sheffield, was spotted unloading the contents of a white van onto a disused car park off Sylvester Street in the city centre, Sheffield magistrates heard.
The court was told two ‘quick thinking’ members of the public witnessed the crime and took photos of Bailey’s vehicle showing the number plate.
They contacted Sheffield Council and officials used the registration to trace Bailey’s identity.
Photographs shown to the court revealed Bailey emptied rubbish including old beds and other furniture, plus numerous sacks of waste, which cost hundreds of pounds of taxpayers’ money to clear up.
In court, Bailey pleaded guilty to a single offence of fly-tipping and will be sentenced by magistrates on October 6.
A Sheffield Council spokeswoman said the district judge took a ‘dim view’ of the offence describing it as ‘both disgraceful and sickening’.
He adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report and indicated he was considering a sentence of imprisonment. The maximum sentence is six months.
The judge also thanked the witnesses and commented that, but for their actions, the crime would likely have gone unpunished.
Sheffield Council is asking that, on top of his sentence, Bailey is asked to pay towards clean-up costs of £750 and prosecution costs of £375.
Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “I’m glad the courts are backing Sheffield in the fight to keep the city clean. Offenders should expect the harshest penalty. I’m pleased the council and the public have worked together to bring this man to justice.”