Restaurant owner's cross-county fly tipping fails to curry favour

A South Yorkshire restaurant didn’t curry favour across the West Yorkshire border when a large amount of the company’s rubbish was found dumped on a grass verge in Leeds.

Evidence linking the commercial waste to Doncaster Tandoori was found among the five black bags, several framed certificates, cardboard box and insulated food delivery bag abandoned on Hunslet Moor, Beeston, Leeds.

The restaurant’s owner Sabbir Hussain pleaded guilty at Leeds Magistrates Court to fly tipping and breaching his duty of care for the containment and disposal of waste. He was fined £350, and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a victim surcharge of £35.

Leeds City Council had received a complaint in February about several bags of commercial waste that had being tipped on the parkland on Burton Row. Papers discovered inside indicated it belonged to Doncaster Tandoori of 19-21 Copley Road, Doncaster, DN1 2PE.

The council’s investigators found that the ownership of Doncaster Tandoori was complex as the business regularly changed ownership, usually through employees. It was eventually established that it was a limited company whose owner, Sabbir Hussain, lived in Leeds at 21 Camberley Street, Beeston.

The court heard that although Doncaster Tandoori had a waste contract with Doncaster Council the restaurant and takeaway had allowed rubbish to build up in their backyard since their bin was stolen. Hussain decided to transport some of the waste over to Leeds on his way home to the city and to fly tip it next to a litter bin instead.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for cleaner, safer and stronger communities, said:

“It’s incredible to think someone could consider it acceptable to just dump their rubbish in public parkland simply because their bin had gone missing. Added to that, to deliberately pack up a collection of rotting food and other commercial waste and drive it miles across a county border to simply abandon it just beggars belief.

“We simply do not tolerate such environmentally-damaging, selfish behaviour and anyone even thinking about it should be warned that we always prosecute fly tippers.”

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