Man fined £380 after rubbish is found dumped at Syston beauty spot

Court News.
Court News.

A man has been left with a £380 court bill after his rubbish was dumped at Watermead Country park in Syston.

Ilyas Rauf said he was emptying his shed when two men in a white van offered to take away the items which included bikes he thought they might sell, a chest freezer and a cardboard TV box.

The rubbish was later found in a car park at Watermead, on June 22, and traced back to Rauf, of Normanton Road, Leicester.

Charnwood Council prosecuted Rauf (41) for a duty of care offence, which means he failed to check that individuals removing the waste had an Environment Agency licence to do the work.

Leicester Magistrates’ Court was told the rubbish was found at a car park in Meadow Lane, Birstall on June 22 this year.

After council officers traced it back to Rauf he told them he thought the men in the van were going to the tip.

But the officers informed Rauf that he could have taken the waste to the tip himself and if he wanted someone else to do it, he had a duty of care to ensure they were authorised to carry the waste and dispose of it.

Rauf, who admitted the charge, said he was unaware it was an offence.

Magistrates ordered him to pay £380 in fines, court charges and prosecution costs.

Councillor David Hayes, deputy cabinet member with responsibility for regulatory services, said: “Charnwood will not become a dumping ground for people’s rubbish.

“The message needs to get through that if someone offers to take away your rubbish, then it is up to you to make sure they have a proper licence. Otherwise you could end up in court and having to pay hundreds of pounds in court costs and fines. “It’s your waste, it’s your responsibility.”