Plymouth fly-tipper "a scourge on the community"
A WASTE removal operator who traded as Mr Metal dumped household and building waste on a moorland beauty spot.
After he was caught red-handed he went back to remove the bags of rubbish – but then demanded more money from his customer.
Magistrates told Paul Anthony Hart, aged 30, from Efford Lane, Plymouth that his offences were "a scourge on the community".
Hart pleaded guilty at Plymouth Magistrates' Court on Tuesday to three offences of fly tipping including asbestos, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
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He was given an eight-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, 150 hours of community service and ordered to pay £895 costs, and £263 compensation to Plymouth Community Homes.
In February and March last year trading as Mr Metal, Hart collected household and building waste from Plymouth and Saltash.
He dumped some of it in the car park at Roland Matthews Court in Plymouth, and two van loads in the Yelverton Rock area.
The waste included six bags of asbestos roof tiles collected from a householder at Saltash who had responded to an advertising leaflet for Mr Metal.
Investigators checking an address found in the dumped material caught Hart red-handed while making another collection.
Hart went back to Yelverton to clear the waste he had dumped there.
He then went back to the customer and demanded more money because "it had cost him more to take to the tip than he thought".
Magistrates told Hart: "The offences are of a very serious nature and were both deliberate and reckless… such offences are a scourge on the community."
Cllr Robert Oxborough, chairman of West Devon's community services committee, said: "We take fly tipping very seriously.
"It is anti-social and criminal behaviour which people undertake in order to avoid paying the correct rates to dispose of their waste safely.
"This prosecution is a signal to fly tippers who wish to flout the law. They need to be aware that we will always prosecute when we feel it is appropriate."
Anyone with concerns about waste disposal which may impact upon South Hams District Council can call 01803 861234 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.