Illegal waste carrier fined £865 after being caught in crackdown

Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com...COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>>..12th November 2009..............Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC). .Litter..Councillor Cynthia Ransome, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Regulatory/Customer Services and housing, takes a closer look at litter issues around Lakeside. Also pictured is Susan Watkiss, Street Scene Technician.
Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com...COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>>..12th November 2009..............Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC). .Litter..Councillor Cynthia Ransome, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Regulatory/Customer Services and housing, takes a closer look at litter issues around Lakeside. Also pictured is Susan Watkiss, Street Scene Technician.
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A MAN has been ordered to pay more than £865 in fines and charges after he was caught illegally transporting waste through Doncaster.

Luke Hazelhurst, of Main Street, Snaith, was pulled over on two occasions, on May 20 and May 27 last year, by officers from the Doncaster Council Neighbourhood Enforcement team last May during a stop- and-search operation.

The operation had been run as part of a major clampdown in the borough to target illegal waste carriers and fly-tippers.

Hazelhurst was carrying scrap metal and waste tyres without a licence to do so.

Doncaster magistrates found Hazelhurst guilty of illegally transporting controlled waste.

He was fined £600, ordered to pay costs of £250.51, and must also pay a £15 victim surcharge.

Councillor Cynthia Ransome, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and customer/regulatory services, is concerned about the number of cases of illegal waste disposal she has seen in the borough.

She was pleased with the sentence handed down by the court .

After the hearing she said: “This is a large fine that reflects the seriousness of these offences and his flagrant disregard for the law.

“We are seeing an increase in this type of offence at present and this case sends a strong warning to people that they must dispose of waste correctly.

“In many cases, those people that are carrying waste illegally are also disposing of it illegally by fly-tipping.”

She said the council would not tolerate any form of environmental crime around Doncaster and would continue to hold people responsible for their actions.