12:01am 27th November 2011
Illegally dumping waste at Appleton Roebuck near Tadcaster has landed a Market Weighton man with court costs of £150 and a six-month conditional discharge, in a case brought by Selby District Council.
Keith Boneham, 50 years old, of 3 Shipman Road, Market Weighton dumped garden waste in a roadside ditch on 28 June this year.
He was seen doing so, and confronted at the time; after which he returned to the scene and removed the waste.
The matter was reported to Selby District Council's enforcement team, who investigated gardening work that Boneham had been carrying out in the area.
In mitigation, when interviewed under caution by the Council, Boneham admitted dumping the waste at the side of the road, but explained that his fuel warning light had come on, and that he wanted to lessen the load on his van.
He also explained that he did not feel comfortable doing it.
A spokesman for the Council said:
"Whilst this wasn't a significant amount of waste to be dumped, the facts remain that it was dumped where it shouldn't have been.
"We know that fly tipping causes real problems for people so it's something we continue to crack down on.
"We work with a range of others to tackle this issue, because it's something we know is important to you."
The case was heard at Selby Magistrates Court on Tuesday 22 November.
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