Two Sheffield men who drove to the Derbyshire Dales to dump waste have been ordered to pay fines and costs of £735 each after pleading guilty to fly-tipping.
Chesterfield Magistrates' Court heard on November 16 that Zubair Kahn, of Wostenholm Road, Sheffield, and Richard Mansell, of Rockingham Street, dumped waste at Sheepwash Bank, Stanage Edge, in the Peak District.
Prosecuting, your District Council stated that the pair drove from Sheffield to commit the offence in an area that has the highest level of environmental protection.
But their van was seen by an off-duty police officer who lives locally. Suspicious of their intentions, he called a Peak District National Park ranger working below Stanage Edge who tracked the van using binoculars.
When the vehicle stopped, the ranger called back the off-duty officer, who immediately contacted police colleagues and drove to the scene, challenging Kahn and Mansell as they unloaded kitchen units from a van.
Each of the defendants was fined £320, and also ordered to pay costs of £383 and a victim surcharge of £32.
In mitigation, the court heard the pair were struggling financially and had cleared up the waste when challenged.
Afterwards, a District Council spokesperson said:
"Fly tipping numbers are low in the Derbyshire Dales, but we take any attempts to spoil our beautiful area very seriously.
"Where we are able to gather sufficient evidence we are committed to taking action through the courts to stop this blight. In this case we would also like to thank colleagues from The Peak District National Park Authority and the local police officer, both of whom worked brilliantly well together to help us gather vital evidence."
- If you witness fly tipping, please report it online or contact our environment hotline on 01629 761 215.