A builder has been fined £1,000 for fly tipping 2 sofas and other household items outside a Wolverhampton factory.

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Keith Wayne Thomas, from Leigh Close, Walsall, appeared before Wolverhampton Magistrates yesterday (Monday 1 July).

The court heard he was caught on CCTV dumping the sofas, an armchair, table, carpet and bags of general rubbish outside Eurotech Engineering, in Oxford Street, Bilston on 3 December last year.

The company's security cameras captured Thomas making 2 visits to the premises in his van in broad daylight.

The company passed the CCTV footage to the city council which has responsibility for prosecuting fly tipping offences.

The council checked the registration plate of the van with the DVLA and found the registered owner to be Thomas.

Council officers visited his home and interviewed him under caution where he immediately admitted dumping the items when he had no permission to do so.

Thomas said the items were from a nearby building job he had been working on.

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Services, said: "Fly tipping is a serious crime which blights neighbourhoods and businesses.

"The city council will not tolerate people who can't be bothered to dispose of their waste responsibly and think they can illegally dump it anywhere they see fit.

"This case should serve as a warning to anyone thinking of doing the same. We will catch you and prosecute you."

The prosecution comes on the same day as tougher sentencing guidelines for fly tipping across the country came into force. Businesses convicted of fly tipping can now be fined up to £3 million and individuals can face an unlimited fine or up to 5 years in prison.

Fly tipping in Wolverhampton can be reported via the council website at Type=articles;Articleid=1708;Title=Report fly tipping; or by emailing city.direct@wolverhampton.gov.uk or by calling 01902 551155.

  • released: Wednesday 2 July, 2014