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Heavy fine for man caught flytipping

A flytipper who dumped the contents of a house clearance just 100 yards from where it was collected has been hit with a heavy fine.

Middlesbrough Council prosecuted supposed waste disposal worker Josh Stobbs after complaints were made by members of the public and a trail of evidence left on Facebook.

Prosecutor Andrew Perriman told Teesside Magistrates' Court how Stobbs had advertised his business 'JS Rubbish Removals' on the social media platform and his services were booked by a member of the public who lives in Whinney Banks.

The woman householder had recently had an extension and new kitchen installed and paid Stobbs £100 to remove the subsequent waste.

However, Stobbs then dumped the waste in the car park at the end of Mandale Road approaching the A19 - about 100 yards from where he had collected it.

The waste consisted of a large white dumpy bag filled with bricks, rubble, a window frame and various electrical items and packaging, as well as smaller bags of rubble.

The defendant's role in the dumping came to light when his customer's sister saw a picture of the flytipping on Facebook and recognised the contents.

When the matter was investigated by Middlesbrough Council's environmental enforcement officers they found that Stobbs had deleted his business Facebook page.

Unfortunately for him the homeowner had retained the messages between the two and also had a picture of the waste in her garden as well as being able to confirm that the rubbish had previously belonged to her.

Stobbs, of Laurel Avenue, Thornaby, pleaded guilty to flytipping and contravening a legal request for information relating to giving his home address.

He was fined £480 with a £48 victim surcharge and ordered to pay Middlesbrough Council £1,194.50 costs.

A spokesman for Middlesbrough Council said: "Flytipping is an absolute scourge of communities and is rightly hated by members of the public.

"We hope anyone who even considers flytipping looks at this case and sees that you will end up paying many times over in court what you would to dispose of waste responsibly."

Residents are reminded that householders are responsible for checking they are giving their waste to a registered waste carrier and can do so by looking at the Environment Agency website. If they are unsure they can contact the council.