A FLY-TIPPER must carry out unpaid work and has been left with a hefty court bill after admitting dumping rubbish outside a toy company.
A loud bang led patrolling police officers to find Ian Caygill, 30, who had just dumped dozens of bags of rubbish from a Ford Transit tipper van.
The incident took place outside the premises of Toys Direct, in Sadler Forster Way, in Thornaby, on September 4 last year.
Caygill, who did not hold a valid waste carrier’s licence, was sentenced to 120 hours community service and ordered to pay £537 costs when he appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.
In mitigation, Caygill, of Grange Avenue, Billingham, said he had cleared up the rubbish when asked by the police officer.
He said he normally deals in scrap metal but, on this occasion, received a telephone call from a friend asking him to dispose of waste, which he accepted was dumped illegally.
It comes as Stockton Borough Council is stepping up its efforts to catch illegal fly-tippers.
Councillor Steve Nelson, the council’s cabinet member for housing and community safety, said: “Had these officers not intervened, this man’s actions would have caused considerable inconvenience to a local business, which would then have had to arrange for it to be disposed of properly.
“His act was deliberate and, looking for financial reward, he showed complete disregard for waste disposal procedures designed to protect the environment.
“Stockton Council works very hard to keep the borough clean and tidy so it is a pleasant environment for our residents.
“I am very pleased with this outcome as fly-tipping destroys these efforts and will not be tolerated.”
Anyone with information on illegal fly-tipping is asked to call the council’s enforcement team on (01642) 528439.