A business owner who flytipped a plasma TV in the middle of a busy Middlesbrough marketplace covered by CCTV has been hit with a bill of more than £2,000.
The "unbelievably stupid" crime happened in February this year during lunchtime on a Tuesday trading day at North Ormesby market.
Teesside Magistrates' Court heard how Gilbert Anyim, who owns Cash 4 Clothes opposite the market place, and another man had taken the television to a waste disposal unit provided for market traders by Middlesbrough Council.
When they were informed by council staff that the facility was for market traders only, the two men simply walked a few yards away, placed the TV next to a burger van and walked off.
The council workers who witnessed the incident reported the matter and it was taken on by the authority's Environmental Enforcement team.
CCTV footage was then viewed and Mr Anyim was invited for a formal interview. He accepted it was himself in the footage but blamed the other man - who has not been identified - for the flytipping.
Having been offered a Fixed Penalty Notice for the offence which would have cost him £400, Mr Anyim refused and chose instead to be summonsed to court.
When the matter was brought before the court he was fined £1,292 with costs of £935.27 making a total of £2,227.27.
Jim Langley, prosecuting on behalf of the Council, said: "Though Mr Anyim denied the offence the fact it was recorded on CCTV and he was observed by MBC staff meant MBC could bring this matter to Court secure in the knowledge an effective prosecution would result."
After the conclusion of the case, Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston, who has introduced free bulky waste collections and launched the Town-Wide Clean-Up over the summer, said: "This was so lazy and selfish and I don't know if it makes it better or worse that it was so unbelievably stupid.
"There are brilliant people right across Middlesbrough who give up their time to litter pick and keep their communities tidy and we're not going to let anyone think littering or flytipping think it's okay because it's completely not okay and we'll keep taking action to make the offenders wake up to that fact."
North Ormesby ward councillor Ashley Waters added: "I want to praise all the council officers who were involved in this incident, from those who reported it, to those who investigated it and those who prosecuted it. Hopefully the result will send a strong message out that this kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated."
Pictured: the fly tipping in progress at North Ormesby market.