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A Judge has described fly-tipping waste as a “massive blight” in parts of the country.

District Judge, Jeff Brailsford, made his comments after hearing the case of a man who dumped rubbish at Westby because the tip he intended to use was closed.

It’s a serious offence. Fly-tipping is a massive blight on parts of our country

Colin Jones was tracked down via labelling on packaging left in builder’s debris that he discarded.

Jones, 56, of Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to three offences under the Environmental Protection Act.

The judge, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court, told him: “It’s a serious offence. Fly-tipping is a massive blight on parts of our country.”

Anita Elliott, prosecuting for Fylde Council, said Jones had dumped builders’ debris including glass, plastic, wood, carpet, black sacks containing rubbish and packaging by the side of the highway on Annas Road, Westby, on April 4.

Labelling in some of the waste led investigators to an address in St Lukes Road, Blackpool, where Jones had removed the rubbish from.

The prosecutor added that Jones had no permit to deposit rubbish and had failed to comply with waste transfer notes.

Allan Cobain, defending, said Jones had not realised his waste disposal permit had expired. Jones had been paid to remove the debris but when he got to the tip it was closed.

Jones was sentenced to 100 hours’ unpaid work for the community and ordered to pay £500 costs plus £60 victims surcharge.

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