Fly-tipper sentenced to unpaid work for dumping rubbish near Rotherham woods

A fly-tipper has been sentenced to 40 hours of unpaid work for dumping bags of rubbish near woodland in Rotherham.

Wednesday, 6th July 2016, 11:15 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th July 2016, 12:22 pm
A fly-tipper has appeared in court

Paul Kelsall, aged 23, of Duke Street, Swinton, also has to pay £360 in court costs after admitting tipping domestic waste near woodland alongside a public right of way in Wath-upon-Dearne.

Rotherham magistrates heard that an enforcement officer from Rotherham Council found a large amount of waste including cardboard boxes, clothing, food packaging and containers dumped on Abdy Lane last November.

Kelsall was tracked down and admitted the offence.

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Coun Emma Hoddinott, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, said: "Fly-tipping is a real blight, destroying beauty spots and costing Council Tax payers a considerable amount in cleaning up illegal dumping.

"The council is committed to tackling fly-tipping and will not hesitate to prosecute the perpetrators of these anti-social offences."

Councillor Alan Atkin, who represents Wath, added: “There have been numerous complaints about tipping in this area so we are delighted that the council has successfully prosecuted one of the offenders.

"We hope it sends a strong message to others that if they are found to have dumped waste, then there will be consequences for them.”