Council catches fly-tipper

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A BUILDER who dumped waste behind a number of homes in Barnsley has been prosecuted for fly-tipping.

Richard Bagnall, aged 39, of Harley Road, Rotherham, was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £218.65 costs to Barnsley Council after pleading guilty to the offence at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court.

Bagnall admitted disposing of rubble, old fencing, and garden waste at the back of homes in Taylor Crescent, Barnsley, while carrying out work at a property nearby last year.

When interviewed Bagnall explained that he had put the waste there with the intention of returning later to remove it. But he admitted he had not got permission from the land-owner to do so.

Coun Roy Miller, of Barnsley Council, said: “Fly-tipping is a serious environmental offence. It makes areas appear run down, can be hazardous to health and a fire risk.”