Issued by City of York Council
A City of York Council investigation has resulted in a resident being found guilty of fly tipping after dumping rubbish on Low Lane in Heslington.
Arron Hester, a resident of Barstow Avenue, advertised removal services on Facebook pages as a “fast, cheap, friendly service, fully legal and insured” took people’s waste and proceeded to dump it on Low Lane in Heslington.
Mr Hester, who represented himself, pleaded not guilty to the offences denying any involvement but was found guilty of two charges of fly tipping on 21 October 2013.
He was ordered to pay £2,050 in fines and costs after council officers investigated the incidents which happened in October 2012.
Councillor Linsay Cunningham-Cross, Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities said: “The conviction today is another clear message that York will not tolerate the illegal dumping of waste and I would like to join the magistrate in praising the work of council officers on this case.
“This prosecution shows that our officers will track down anyone who dumps waste and that the council and the courts treat these offences seriously, as anyone caught fly tipping can face a fine of up to £50,000 and/or a 12 month prison sentence.”
In light of this incident residents are being warned that those who are paying to have your rubbish disposed of must ensure they give it to someone with a valid Waste Carrier’s License or they may be guilty of an offence themselves.
Anyone with a complaint about fly tipping is urged to contact City of York Council’s Community Enforcement team on 01904 551550.
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