27 November 2015

 

Officers from Sheffield City Council have brought a number of fly-tippers before the courts, in separate hearings yesterday (Thursday 26 November).

Liam Butcher, aged 25, of Folds Crescent, Sheffield, was charged with four counts of fly-tipping and appeared before magistrates in Sheffield yesterday.

This came after reports of fly-tipped waste in Sheffield were received by the Environmental Protection Service in July this year.

Officers examined the waste and found evidence linking them all to an address at Cecil Square, Sheffield. The occupier was interviewed and claimed he had given the waste to Butcher, who had advertised a waste disposal service on Facebook.

Butcher was subsequently traced and charged with four counts of fly-tipping, to which he pleaded guilty.

He was fined £600 by the bench and also ordered to pay £478 in costs to the council and £628 in compensation for clean-up costs. He was also ordered to pay £180 in court costs, a total of £1,886.

Meanwhile, David Kelly and John Bramhall also appeared before the magistrates, being prosecuted for dumping waste in Bramhall’s field, off Baslow Road in the west of Sheffield.

A witness saw a vehicle dump waste in the field and reported it to Sheffield City Council’s Environmental Protection Service.

The keeper of the vehicle was then traced to Kelly, aged 66, of Walkley Terrace, Sheffield. He was interviewed and claimed he had had a mechanical problem with his vehicle when carrying some waste along Baslow Road.

He said that Bramhall, aged 64, of Baslow Road, Totley Rise, had offered that he could dump the waste he was carrying onto his farmland.

Kelly also claimed that Bramhall told him he could return at any time with waste and dump it there, if he phoned in advance. As a result, he returned some days later with a load of waste including mattresses and soft furnishings, letting himself into the field by using a key Bramhall had offered him.

At Sheffield Magistrates Court yesterday, Kelly was fined £300 after pleading guilty to one count of fly tipping. He was also ordered to pay £280 in costs to the council and a £30 victim surcharge – a total financial penalty of £610.

Bramall was fined £200 after pleading guilty to one count of permitting fly tipping. He was also ordered to pay £280 in costs to the council, and a victim surcharge of £20 was imposed – a total financial penalty of £500.

Magistrates also heard the case of Wayne Crothers, aged 50, of Seaton Crescent, Manor, yesterday afternoon.

After some waste was spotted dumped at Skye Edge, it was reported to the council, and evidence led officers to Crothers.

He told officers that he had put some waste in the back of his car to take it to the Household Waste Recycling Centre, but when he got there it was closed – so he decided to dump it in a field instead.

Crothers was then issued with a fixed penalty notice but, after it remained unpaid, the case was escalated to the magistrates court.

Yesterday, Crothers was fined £80 after pleading guilty to one count of fly tipping. He was also ordered to pay £180 in court costs and a victim surcharge of £20 was imposed, giving a total financial penalty of £280.

A spokesman for Sheffield City Council said: “Cases such as this demonstrate that we can, and do, take incidents of fly-tipping very seriously.

“Dumping waste is not a victimless crime. It is a blight on our city’s beautiful landscape, and also costs the authority an awful lot of money to clean it up and dispose of it carefully.

“Anyone who would like to report fly-tipping, or who requires further information on how to dispose of waste responsibly, should visit the council website at www.sheffield.gov.uk or call 0114 2037410.”