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Fly-tipper given curfew and tagged

A serial fly-tipper has been banned from from leaving his home at night and ordered to wear an offender's tag.

It is the first time a curfew order has been given for the illegal dumping of waste.

Magistrates last week handed 41 year-old Wayne Barras a four-month curfew for dumping 15 tonnes of construction waste across four sites in Leeds.

As well as being banned from leaving his home between the hours of 9pm and 7am, Barras also has to wear an electronic tag so police can keep track of his movements.

The prosecution was the result of a year-long investigation by Leeds City Council environmental enforcement officers.

Leeds Council environmental protection member Steve Smith said: "We are delighted that the Magistrates Court has shown that it supports our efforts to crackdown on those who willfully damage the environment by handing out such a tough punishment."

The court heard how Barras was employed by a property developer to dispose of its waste.

However, he didn't have a license to do it legally and instead knowingly dumped it across four sites in the southern area of Leeds.

As well as the curfew order and offender's tag, Barras was ordered to pay £1410.72 costs to Leeds City Council.

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