Fine for beck flytipping

A flytipping trip down the garden path has led a Leeds man straight to court.

Christopher Blackman, Langbar Approach, Swarcliffe appeared before magistrates on 19 March for dumping the same pile of household rubbish twice.

Blackman pleaded guilty to two offences under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and was fined £100 and ordered to pay £150 costs with a £15 victim surcharge.

Blackman had been hired by a Swarcliffe resident to dispose of waste from a home DIY project.

Instead of properly disposing of the bricks, wood, furniture and other household items, Blackman used a wheelbarrow to shift the waste through the garden and into Cock Beck, which forms part of a popular nature walk that runs through Whinmoor, Swarcliffe and Manston.

The offending items were found by an environmental action officer on patrol. The subsequent investigation, along with information provided by local residents and muddy wheelbarrow tracks from the beck led the officer to the property that was undergoing renovation.

When interviewed, the householder admitted hiring Blackman, paying him £20 to remove the waste. Following the interview the householder told Blackman to move the rubbish from the beck and dispose of it properly.

Blackman did move the waste, but only to dump it a second time on nearby Langbar Close. The council then stepped in to clear up the mess.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“Having been caught out once is bad enough, but to dump waste for a second time really is unacceptable.

“If you are working on your home you need to be sure that if you pay someone to remove the waste that they are going to do so properly.

“Blatantly flytipping into a beck not only risks polluting the natural environment but could cause a blockage and increase the risk of flooding.

“Thanks to the diligence and dedication of our environmental action officers we’ll continue to pursue those who commit environmental crime.”

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