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Tradesman fined £1,000 for fly-tipping

A tradesman has been fined £1,000 for fly-tipping after council workers found a receipt with his details in a pile of waste dumped near a village in the Midlands.

Builder and electrician John Murphy, 18, pleaded guilty at Northampton Magistrates’ Court to fly-tipping the waste on a grass verge near Puxley, Northamptonshire.

Workers from South Northamptonshire Council cleaned up the mess four days after it was reported by a member of the public.

Murphy was interviewed under caution at the council’s offices after they found a receipt from a builders’ merchant with his address on it.

He told enforcement officers he had left the waste after carrying out some work in the area but planned to return at a later date to remove it.

In addition to the £1,000 fine, Murphy was ordered to pay the council’s investigation and clear-up costs of £305, prosecution costs of £250 and a £100 victim surcharge.

Dermot Bambridge, council portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “In the past courts have taken a dim view of householders who have taken insufficient care in disposing of their waste and heavy financial penalties have been imposed, even if that waste is dumped by someone else.”

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