TWO Barnsley residents are counting the cost of fly-tipping after admitting dumping their rubbish in the town.
Phillipa Emmerson, aged 30, of Tudor Street, Thurnscoe, pleaded guilty to fly tipping after black bags and cardboard boxes containing her household waste were found on a recreation area close to her home.
Among the waste she dumped was paperwork containing her personal details, which were passed on to council officers who tracked her down.
She claimed she moved the rubbish from behind her house because she had seen rats and did not have a bin.
She was sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £274.50 minus £15 towards the cost of a bin.
Shaun Moreby, 44, of Peartree Avenue, Thurnscoe, also pleaded guilty to fly tipping at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court after dumping three van loads of building waste on land at Lingamore Leys.
Moreby, who was caught in the act by the police, told officers the waste was not his and he was collecting it from the site to use on a building project at his home - until investigations proved otherwise and he admitted the offence.
He said he had been filling a skip but did not have enough room for all the waste so he dumped the excess.
He was left with a bill for £628.63, made up of a fine and council costs.
Councillor Roy Miller, Barnsley Council’s cabinet spokesman for development, environment and culture, said: “Fly tipping is a serious offence, it ruins any area where it is found and can be a hazard to the public, the environment and local wildlife.”