Flytippers have been caught in the act after dumping rubbish on two separate occasions at the same spot.
Durham County Council’s CCTV caught Ashley Lodge and Martin Corrigan, and in a separate case, Craig Mitchell, at flytipping hotspot Warren House Gill, in Horden.
Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard how Lodge, 24, and Corrigan, 23, both of Edenvale Estate, Horden, were spotted at the scene by neighbourhood wardens in July this year.
Two large bags of rubbish, containing carpet cut-offs and a cardboard box, had been dumped there.
Corrigan and Hodge both pleaded guilty to flytipping, and were each handed a six-month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £213.85 costs, a £180 court charge and a £15 victim surcharge.
In a separate hearing at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court, Mitchell, 32, of Gloucester Place, Peterlee, also admitted flytipping.
The court heard how after spotting a large pile of soil at Warren House Gill, a neighbourhood warden checked footage from a CCTV camera at the scene and watched a car pull up.
A man was seen opening the boot and emptying bags of soil onto the ground, the court was told.
Checks revealed that the car belonged to Mitchell who, in a later interview, admitted dumping the soil.
Magistrates handed Mitchell a six-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £343.73 costs, a £180 court charge and £15 victim surcharge.
Ian Hoult, neighbourhood protection manager, Durham County Council, said: “The items that were flytipped in these cases could have either been put in the bin or taken to their local Household Waste Recycling Centre but these individuals have now ended up with a criminal record for dumping their waste in the countryside.
“These latest prosecutions were largely helped by the vigilance of our neighbourhood wardens who are our eyes and ears in the community.
“We would appeal to anyone who witnesses a flytipping incident or a flytip itself to let us know in confidence.”
Household waste can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC), and you can find the nearest one to you by visiting www.durham.gov.uk/HWRC. To arrange a bulky waste collection, call 03000 261 000.
For more information about flytipping, visit www.durham.gov.uk/flytipping.
Environmental crimes, including flytipping, dog fouling and litter, can be reported at www.durham.gov.uk or by calling 03000 261 000.
Unlicensed waste carriers can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling 0800 555 111.