A person who borrowed his brother’s automobile without asking and used it to fly-tip has been left greater than £1,000 worse off and with a prison conviction.
Gary Peacock, 39, of Horden, was taken to court docket by Durham County Council after one of many CCTV cameras it operates as a part of its Operation Stop It marketing campaign caught him within the act.
Peacock, of Smillie Road, pleaded responsible to a cost of fly-tipping, earlier than Peterlee Magistrates’ Court.
The court docket was advised that the council acquired a grievance of fly-tipping in May and visited a website at Peterlee the place a 3 piece suite, mattress base and cardboard containers had been fly-tipped.
Footage from CCTV on the location was reviewed and confirmed a van was used within the fly-tip.
The council used the automobile’s registration quantity to find its registered keeper, visiting his house and seizing the van.
The court docket heard the person advised the council his brother Peacock was chargeable for the fly-tip.
Peacock was interviewed and admitting taking the automobile without his brother’s consent.
He claimed he had taken it to transfer a shed and when he realised it was filled with waste he selected to dump it. The automobile was returned to its proprietor.
In court docket Peacock admitted dumping the beds and containers however denied he had tipped the couch.
Magistrates fined him £533 and ordered him to pay £500 prices and a £53 sufferer surcharge.
Operation Stop It sees the council work with companions to scale back crimes like fly-tipping by taking motion in opposition to offenders and elevating consciousness of individuals’s accountability to the surroundings.
Ian Hoult, the council’s neighbourhood safety supervisor, stated: “This case reveals we won’t hesitate to take the strongest doable motion in opposition to these who commit environmental crimes like fly-tipping which we all know annoy residents as a lot as they do us.
“There are so some ways individuals can eliminate waste without touchdown themselves in bother like Mr Peacock, reminiscent of our family waste recycling centres and our cumbersome waste collections.
“We hope the monetary penalty he has been left with acts as a deterrent to anybody tempted to copy his poor instance.”