12th Dec, 2018

Pair ordered to pay almost £2,000 ofter 46 bags of rubbish were illegally dumped in Droitwich

A MAN will have to pay more than £1,600 after pleading guilty to dumping 46 bags of building waste in Droitwich.

Joshua Sankey of Sutton Road, Kidderminster, admitted the offences at Worcester Magistrates Court on November 20.

It happened in April after the 20-year-old carried out a house clearance in Worcester and deposited what he had collected along the road between Hampton Lovett and Doverdale.

Sankey was fined £1,000, and was ordered to pay costs of £535 and a statutory surcharge of £100.

In his defence Sankey told the court at the time his girlfriend was pregnant and he needed the money.

He said he realised what he had done was wrong and apologised for his actions.

Sankey added he was working and fly-tipping was something he would never do again.

Sankey was helped with the house clearance and fly-tip by 28-year-old Rocky Smith, of Teme Crescent in Droitwich.

He pleaded guilty to the offence at an earlier hearing on October 12 and was ordered to pay £300 in compensation and an £85 victim surcharge.

He was also given an eight week curfew order running from 7pm to 7am.

During his hearing he told the court he was just helping out a friend and had made an error of judgement.

Smith, a home carer, pledged not to fly-tip again in future.

Coun Emma Stokes, Wychavon District Council’s executive board member for environment, said: “Fly-tipping is a serious offence which damages our environment and we’re pleased with the sentence in this case.

“This also highlights the importance of residents using reputable traders, which are properly licensed waste carriers, who will dispose of their waste legally and safely.”

Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/flytipping for more on fly-tipping and how to report it.

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