Rubbish excuse doesn’t stop man getting £400 bill

A man has been fined £400 for dumping more than a dozen bags of rubbish in an alleyway in Stafford.

The 15 black bin bags full of various household waste were found in the town’s Littleworth area.

When the 23 year old local man was questioned he said he couldn’t remember where he had dumped the bags…because he had been drunk.

He also told Stafford Borough Council officers that he didn’t recall why he did it – but was moving home and needed to get rid of the rubbish.

The man was given a fixed penalty notice of £400.

It costs the council tens of thousands of pounds to clear up fly tipping each year.

Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, said:

“Being drunk is no excuse. Fly tipping is a blight on our communities and I hope this sends a warning to others that they will face fines or prosecution for doing it.

“I am sure being fined £400 has been a very sobering experience for this man and he has now learnt a lesson that dumping rubbish illegally won’t be tolerated.”

You can report fly tipping at grimewatch@staffordbc.gov.uk or on 01785 619402.

More details of the borough’s litter campaign at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/keepitclean