Cleckheaton man fined for fly-tipping

Cleckheaton man fined for fly-tipping

A CLECKHEATON man has been fined after being caught dumping rubbish that people had paid him to get rid of.

Jack Virr, of High Street, pleaded guilty to two counts of fly-tipping when he appeared at Kirklees Magistrates' Court last week.

The 25-year-old found business from people on Facebook as a 'man with a van' to remove waste from two different houses and dispose of it.

He was paid £200 in total to take away the waste on August 21 and November 23 last year before dumping it on Brick Street – half a mile from his home address.

Virr was given a 12-month community order with conditions to carry out 270 hours of unpaid work as well as having to abide by a curfew between 7pm and 7am. He'll also have to wear an electronic tag for 10 months.

He has been disqualified from driving for 15 months and will have to pay costs of £385.

Coun Naheed Mather, cabinet member for Greener Kirklees, said: "We won't stand for such selfish behaviour and those who think it's acceptable to dump rubbish in Kirklees will pay the price.

"Fly-tipping not only blights the appearance of our community, it also comes at a cost to the taxpayer every time we have to clear it up. This is why we have a zero tolerance approach to such behaviour.

"We are happy with the result of this case and it should act as a warning to anyone who thinks they can get away with doing this.

"We also urge residents to be wary when paying someone to dispose of waste as it could lead to you being prosecuted yourself if the rubbish is fly-tipped."

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