A County Durham man has been fined after failing to provide information about fly-tipping.
Ian Maitland, of Ludworth, was prosecuted after failing to provide information to Durham County Council investigators, who were looking into a fly-tip in Easington in September.
CCTV footage showed a blue van stopping and cardboard boxes and other waste being dumped. The registered keeper said he had not driven the car for six months but believed it was being driven by Maitland.
At Peterlee Magistrates’ Court, the 38-year-old, who did not attend, was found guilty of an offence under the Environment Act 1995 and fined £440, with £330 costs and a £44 victim surcharge.
Neighbourhood protection manager Ian Hoult said: “We are committed to reducing the amount of fly-tipping across County Durham, and we will use any means available to us to get the right information so that we can prosecute those responsible.
“As well as fly-tippers themselves, we will target those who fail to provide the information we ask for as our ’Operation Stop It’ continues to crackdown on the environmental crimes that blight our communities.
“We would remind everyone of their responsibilities when it comes to disposing of waste properly.”
In 2014-15 the council spent £432,562 investigating 6,824 reports of fly-tipping. Its crackdown on the illegal dumping of waste is said to have been followed by a “huge decrease” in fly-tipping incidents.