Two men fined for fly-tipping

The waste dumped on Lea Green Road in Sutton
The waste dumped on Lea Green Road in Sutton

Two fly-tippers have been fined after they were hauled before the courts by St Helens Council.

The local authority prosecuted Raymond Wilkinson, of Harlow Close, and Joseph David Edge, of Hemstead Close, for dumping more than 40 bags of waste including bird droppings on land next to a house.

Business that pass their waste to unregistered carriers with no questions asked are operating illegally

Coun Seve Gomez-Aspron

Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Magistrates’ Court heard 42-year-old Wilkinson and Edge, 26, were captured on CCTV driving up to the site on Lea Green Road in Sutton in a Vauxhall Zafira on two separate occasions in February and March.

They then got out of the car and flung into a pile bin bags containing pigeon droppings, waste from bird houses and business rubbish.

Wilkinson and Edge were each ordered to pay £950.62 by the magistrates, with a fine of £100 and the rest made up of costs.

The two defendants failed to attend their court hearing and were arrested after a warrant was issued, spending a night in police custody before appearing at Sefton Magistrates.

They were then bailed to appear before a district judge at Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Magistrates’ Court.

The waste had to be retrieved by the council’s cleansing department and a sub contractor.

It is believed Wilkinson and Edge were carrying out the work on behalf of a private business charging neighbouring firms for disposing of waste.

Sentencing them, the district judge said the waste had been deliberately dumped for a profit, “albeit a small one”.

She told them the fine could have been a lot higher but instead costs were awarded to prevent council taxpayers bearing the financial burden of clearing the waste up.

Welcoming the prosecution, St Helens Council cabinet member for green, smart and sustainable borough Coun Seve Gomez-Aspron said: “In this case the environmental warden team quite rightly brought the fly tippers to account. However, fly-tippers are just part of the problem.

“Businesses that have no trade waste arrangements in place and those that pass their waste to unregistered carriers with no questions asked are operating illegally and with unfair advantage to the many legitimate businesses in the borough.

“We will continue to pursue significant fixed penalty fines and prosecute these businesses.”

To report fly-tipping, call St Helens Council’s contact centre on 01744 676789, use the local authority’s free app or visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/contact-us