Takeaway owner charged over fly-tipping

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The owner of a popular Duke Street takeaway has been prosecuted for fly-tipping.

Ali Yurdakurban, of Geno’s, was ordered to pay £757 after being found guilty of depositing a chest freezer in the town centre.

CCTV captured footage of Mr Yurdakurban and an accomplice carrying the appliance before dumping it behind an empty North John Street shop unit in the early hours of Monday, August 24 2015.

The freezer was allegedly left to be picked up later that morning by a customer in exchange for a free meal, but it was never collected.

It was later retrieved by St Helens Council’s Environmental Health team.

Principal Environmental Health Officer Mike Peterson said: “Fly-tipping is a crime St Helens Council takes very seriously and we will not hesitate to take action where it is required.

“We are very pleased with this outcome which reflects the hard work of all the teams involved and sends a message out to those thinking of fly-tipping that this sort of crime will not go unnoticed and we will be onto you.”

Mr Yurdakurban attended an interview with the Environmental Health team under caution last October, before failing to attend his first court hearing.

He eventually pleaded guilty at St Helens Magistrates’ Court and was ordered to pay £370 in fines, £350 in costs and a £37 victim surcharge.