A Huyton man’s been prosecuted for fly-tipping waste behind a pub in Kirkby.
Stephen Gardner pleaded guilty in Court (Thursday 1 February) to dumping mattresses outside the Park Brow pub in March 2017.
It followed a tip-off from a member of the public to Knowsley Council’s security team, who retrieved CCTV footage showing two men dumping the waste out of a van onto public land, before driving away.
The council’s Environmental Health team investigated the incident. Gardner claimed he could not close the doors of his van, so was leaving the mattress at the side of the road while he emptied his van to return to take the mattress to the tip.
The 28 year old – of Parbrook Road in Huyton – claimed he didn’t return because his son was admitted to Alder Hey Hospital with a head injury. The hospital had no records of any such admission.
Gardner refused to provide details of the second man shown in the CCTV footage.
A judge ordered Gardner to pay £300 compensation to Knowsley Council towards the clean up and investigation costs. He was also sentenced to a six week curfew, from 9pm to 6am.
A spokesperson for Knowsley Council said: “This is another successful outcome of a fly-tipping prosecution following an extensive investigation by our Environmental Health team.
“There is simply no excuse for fly-tipping and we will not tolerate it in Knowsley. It blights our communities, causes health and safety hazards and uses valuable council resources to clean up and investigate.
“This prosecution, and the recent case which saw two people from Knowsley sent to jail for similar offences, shows just how seriously we take the issue of fly-tipping and how we will take the toughest possible action against people who commit this crime.”
Residents with information about fly-tipping incidents can report it online via the council website.