Man fined over cemetery flytipping shame

A man must pay £600 compensation and a £100 fine after flytipped rubbish was strewn over a 30 metre stretch in Preston Cemetery.
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Scott Smith, 31, of Riverside Caravan site, Banks, near Preston, appeared before Preston Magistrates’ Court, which heard garden, building and household rubbish was flytipped at St Teresa’s Church Hall in Preston in September 2016.

An officer found evidence linking it to an address on Neston Street, Preston.

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Prosecuting for Preston City Council, Jorge Carrera said: “They visited twice, leaving card asking the occupants to contact them.”

The officers spotted a pile of household waste in the back garden.

Scott Smith contacted the officer claiming that he had employed a local waste carrier to remove this waste and had a receipt.

But on September 26 the worker was alerted to waste dumped on a road in the cemetery and recognised it as the junk from Neston Street.

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When he returned to the house he was shown a receipt for waste removal services, but a probe found there was no record of the waste removal company registered as a waste carrier, and officers also found Smith was involved in transporting bscrap metals and vehicles to a local scrap metal yard - despite not having a scrap collector’s licence.

He admitted two counts of failing to comply with his duty of care in respect of controlled waste and carrying on scrap metal business without a licence and must pay £150 costs and a £30 surcharge.

Adrian Phillips, Director of Environment, said: “Thanks to the rigorous investigations and continued good work of council officers, we have successfully prosecuted another individual for fly-tipping offences.”