Man fined over rubbish dumped on side of road in Syston

The rubbish dumped on the side of the road in Meadow Lane, Syston EMN-150617-093117001
The rubbish dumped on the side of the road in Meadow Lane, Syston EMN-150617-093117001
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A man has been fined £225 in court after rubbish was dumped on the side of a road in Syston.

Charnwood Council prosecuted Miguel Patrick Fernandes after the pile of waste in Meadow Lane was reported by a member of the public.

Fernandes (41), of Astill Drive, Leicester, appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on June 4. He claimed he paid local teenagers to tidy his garden and dispose of the waste.

He pleaded guilty to 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.

The court was told the waste was spotted by a member of the public on the morning of July 21, 2014, and it had not been there the night before.

They stopped to investigate the rubbish and found an envelope with the name and the address of the defendant on it and then contacted Charnwood Council.

The rubbish included carrier bags, toys, a window blind and a plastic bucket.

Councillor David Hayes, deputy cabinet member with responsibility for regulatory services, said: “People need to understand that they cannot just get anyone to dispose of their waste.

“They need to use people who are properly licensed. If they don’t they could easily find themselves in court and being punished.

“I hope this latest court case serves as a reminder to people that they need to dispose of waste in the correct way and if you get someone else to do it, it is your responsibility to check they are licensed.”

He added: “I would also like to thank the member of the public who contacted us about this fly-tip. We need people’s help to tackle the blight of fly-tipping and, if you inform us, we will take action when we can.”