A man has been ordered to pay over £2,000 for dumping rubbish in a village near Eccleshall.
Vito Lakauskas was found guilty of fly tipping a van load of rubbish, including a toilet, bathroom furniture and sideboard, in the village of Seighford.
The father of three didn’t attend court earlier this year and was found guilty in his absence by magistrates in Newcastle Under Lyme. But he was arrested and sentenced last month and ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £2,165.
The court heard fly tipping costs Stafford Borough Council tens of thousands of pounds to clean up every year.
Lakauskas, of The Drive, Doxey, Stafford, was convicted of fly tipping and a second offence relating to failing to ensure materials were disposed of legally. He blamed his friend “Thomas” for dumping the rubbish at Clanford Road, Seighford in May 2017. Magistrates were told he “still denied the two offences”.
Stafford Borough Council confirmed Lakauskas has never given any further details of “Thomas”.
After the case, Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health at the Borough Council said he was pleased the defendant was arrested and punished for the offence.
“We take a zero tolerance approach to those dumping rubbish in our towns and countryside – not only is it a blight on our area, it is also a drain on the purse of the local tax payer.
“We will not hesitate to prosecute those who do this and I hope the amount of fine and costs this man has to pay will serve as a warning to others who think it is acceptable to fly tip in our borough.”
Around 150 people were given fines or prosecuted for littering offences in the borough over the last 12 months.
You can help pass on details of fly tippers in confidence at email@example.com or 01785 619402.
More information at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/grimewatch.