A 'man with a van' has been landed with a bill for £3,090 for fly-tipping in Rotherham
Patrick John Morris, of Gray Avenue, Swallownest, was ordered to pay court costs and compensation after admitting five fly-tipping offences.
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Sheffield magistrates heard that waste he was paid to collect had been dumped and set alight on a grassed area close to his home.
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When council enforcement officers investigated, Morris was seen tipping materials onto the land on a number of occasions.
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He was also seen setting the waste alight.
On other occasions, waste material was removed from Morris’ van, which advertised a removal service, and was fly tipped onto the council-owned land.
Further investigations revealed that Morris had been collecting both waste and scrap metal without the appropriate licences.
Morris was given a 26-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months on the condition that he carries out 100 hours of unpaid work and a 20 day rehabilitation activity.
He was ordered to pay council costs of £600 and compensation of £2,490.00.
The court also granted a forfeiture order for a van, pick-up truck and horse box seized as part of the investigation.
Tom Smith, Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director for Community Safety and Street Scene, said: "We strongly advise members of the public to be very cautious when choosing a contractor to remove waste.
"You should always make sure that anyone you ask to help remove rubbish from your property can do so legally and has a valid waste carrier’s licence. We recommend that residents insist on seeing the company’s licence number."