Fly-tipper fined £5k

Bryn Rhys Jones fined for dumping door frames in Upton
Bryn Rhys Jones fined for dumping door frames in Upton

A FLY-TIPPER who dumped windows and door frames on spare land has been made to pay more than £5,000 for the crime.

Bryn Rhys Jones, of Cambridge Street, South Elmsall, was ordered to pay £2,000 in fines and £3,251 court costs for throwing the UPVC frames at the side of a youth club on Waggon Lane, Upton, in September last year.

The 25-year-old was taken to court by Wakefield Council and found guilty after a two-day hearing at Leeds Crown Court on December 9.

A youth worker from the club had seen Jones and another man offloading the waste and, after challenging them about their actions, took down the registration number of their van as they drove away.

An investigation revealed that a local builder fitting replacement windows in a house had paid Jones £40 to remove and dispose of the waste legally, after Jones had told him he was a registered waste disposal operator.

Despite Jones being registered with the Environment Agency at the time of the offence, he still dumped the waste illegally.

Fly-tipping can carry a fine of up to £50,000 or a five-year prison sentence.

Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “Fly-tipping is not only a blight on the local environment but on our communities and costs the council tax payer significant amounts of money to clear away.

“We will always pursue those responsible through the courts where possible.”

Anyone employing a waste carrier to remove and dispose of waste should always check that they have a licence.

Visit www.environment-agen for more information.