A man has been forced to fork out £400 after being caught on camera fly-tipping.
He was filmed, by a member of the public, dumping bricks and rubble on land at East Ardsley and was identified by his vehicle registration number, which was visible on the video footage seen by Wakefield Council, who led the enforcement action.
Even though the man and his accomplice cleared up most of the rubbish he was still guilty of a fly-tipping offence and issued with a £400 fine.
Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “Fly-tipping is a serious, criminal offence that costs councils vast amounts of money to clean-up.
“Our message is clear – we do not tolerate fly-tipping. It is a blight on our communities and we will use every tool available to identify and take action against those responsible.
“We issue Fixed Penalty Notices to those caught illegally dumping items and as this incident shows you never know who’s watching you.
“We have also successfully prosecuted for more serious and larger fly-tipping offences through the courts, in which offenders can face a maximum prison sentence of five years and/or an unlimited fine. We now have new powers to seize vehicles, involved in fly tipping, which can result in them being sold, or crushed if the owner is successfully prosecuted.”
“There are plenty of options for people to legally and safely dispose of their waste. It’s the responsibility of all residents to check they are doing so.”
Almost 4,000 reports of fly-tipping were made to the council last year.
The local authority was forced to clear up dumped white goods, furniture and waste form all over the district at a cost of £200,000 to the taxpayer.
People can report the fly-tippers by calling 0345 8 506 506 or on the council’s website.