Witness goaded to report fly-tipping
A van driver who challenged a resident to report him for fly-tipping has been ordered to pay more than £800 after being prosecuted.
Alan Henderson was seen tipping turf and soil, and told the witness to go ahead and tell environment officers what he had done because they would not take action against him.
However, Charnwood Borough Council officials did act when they were informed of the incident, and took the fly-tipper to court.
Henderson (45) of Rennes Close, Ashby, admitted a fly-tipping charge when he appeared before Leicester magistrates.
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He admitted dumping the waste in Sandhole Lane, Shepshed, on Tuesday, October 9.
In a statement to council officers, Henderson said: "I did have a permit to drop some waste, which I was doing, but I had some soil which they didn't take… and I dropped it there.
"I realise it's not the right thing to do but I took an opportunity. I've never dropped anything non-organic."
In court, Henderson apologised for the offence, saying he justified it in his mind by thinking it was just a few barrels of organic waste.
After receiving a summons which ordered him to remove the waste, it took Henderson 45 minutes to clean the area and correctly dispose of the material.
Magistrates fined him £400 and ordered him to pay court costs of £402.29.
Alan Twells, the council's head of regulatory services, said: "The council is committed to tracing fly-tippers and prosecuting them."
Anyone who witnesses fly-tipping should report it to the council on 01509 634563.