30 November 2015

A Mosborough pensioner has been ordered to pay out almost £1,000 in fines and costs by magistrates in Sheffield, after being taken to court by Sheffield City Council for his role in fly-tipping waste.

Robert Dillon, 70, of Bridle Stile Close, appeared before Sheffield Magistrates Court on the afternoon of Friday 27 November, charged with one count of allowing waste to escape his control.

The case against him began after a pile of waste was seen in Sheffield by a member of the public, who then called the council’s Environmental Protection Service.

An environmental enforcement officer went to the scene and found some letters among the waste.

Investigations at the address showed the person had moved out, but officers followed the trail to the new address.

The resident there explained that they had given their waste to someone who was advertising on a Facebook group, who promised to collect it and dispose of it correctly.

The trail then led officers to Dillon, who denied the offence but, in court, the magistrates found him guilty. The court also heard of four previous convictions relating to similar offences in Sheffield and North East Derbyshire.

Magistrates fined him £120 for the offence, and he was ordered to pay £431.25 compensation for the clean-up costs. A further £425 in costs was awarded to Sheffield City Council, giving a total of £976.25.

Councillor Terry Fox, cabinet member for the environment and transport at Sheffield City Council said: “Cases such as this demonstrate that we can, and do, take incidents of fly-tipping very seriously. It is particularly pleasing when these prosecutions result in large fines by the courts, which will hopefully deter those thinking of dumping waste in Sheffield.

“Fly-tipping is by no means 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 – money that could be spent on essential services.

“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.”