Huge pile of junk dumped

Rubbish dumped on Dalton Back Lane by Brian Baker
Rubbish dumped on Dalton Back Lane by Brian Baker

THIS is the mess that was dumped by a disgraced benefits cheat in a back lane on the outskirts of Hartlepool.

Flytipper Brian Baker was hauled before Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court for disgarding the huge pile of junk on Dalton Back Lane.

The 56-year-old from the Owton Manor area of town was brought to justice as part of a clamp-down on flytipping by Hartlepool Borough Council.

Baker has also been unveiled as a benefits cheat, fiddling over £5,900 of tax payers money.

The successful prosecution – which saw Baker left with a total court bill of £1,337 – 
has seen the council issue a warning that it will take action against anyone committing flytipping and benefit fraud.

Baker appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates Court for the fly tipping but claimed that these were disposed by a third party on his behalf.

But, as the lout did not have a licence under the Waste Transfer Regulations to transfer the waste to another party he admitted to committing an offence of failing in his Duty of Care to ensure that rubbish is disposed of correctly.

He was fined £135 and was ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge, and £432 compensation to cover the council’s clean-up and legal costs.

The defendant was fined a total of £400, plus £350 costs for falsely claiming housing and council tax benefit from December 16, 2011, to June 14, 20120, and from April 4, 2013 to January 23.

The court also ordered him to pay back the £5,911.37 which he swindled in benefits, after failing to declare that he part-owned a property in the town.

A spokesman for the council said: “These cases serve as reminder that we will take action where there is evidence that people are breaking the law.

“As a Council we constantly encourage people to make a claim for housing and council tax benefit if they think they might be entitled to it but we will not tolerate fraudulent claims.

“With regards to fly-tipping, we will always investigate to determine where the rubbish emanated from and again, where we have evidence, we will not hesitate in prosecuting.”

Anyone wanting to report anyone for suspicion of benefit fraud can call the Fraud Hotline on (01429) 523157 whilst anyone wanting to report suspected flytippers can call (01429) 523333.

It is also useful if callers can provide information such as a vehicle registration number to help track down the perpetrators.